Moscow, Russia — (NTV-NNN-JAPAN)
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Nippon TV and Yomiuri Shimbun Newspaper ahead of his planned visit to Japan this week.
After speaking extensively on Russia-Japan relations, the Russian President also addressed the upcoming administration of President-Elect Donald Trump.
Putin said that it’s “Widely known that the US president-elect has publicly spoken in favor of normalizing Russian-American relations. We cannot but support this.”
He added that “Of course, we understand that it will not be an easy job, taking into account the degree to which Russian-American relations have degraded. But, we are ready to cover our part of the way.”
Putin also said that “The underlying fundamental interests of the United States and Russia demand that our relations be normalized.”