Huntsman takes up Moscow post at a time of historically poor relations

Aaron Brown
October 4, 2017

"As far as bilateral ties with the United States are concerned, their current level can not be satisfying", Putin said at the Kremlin after he received diplomatic credentials from Huntsman.

"We advocate for constructive, predictable, and mutually advantageous cooperation".

He reiterated the Kremlin's aspiration to restore ties based on "equality, respect for national interests and non-interference with each other's internal affairs".

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier Tuesday that the Russian president wanted to restore ties with the United States but stressed he could not do it alone.

In remarks to newly arriving diplomats, Mr. Putin said the basis for cooperation between Moscow and. "My wife Mary Kaye and I look forward to meeting as many Russian citizens as possible during our travels throughout the country and discovering what we have in common".

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The former 2012 GOP presidential candidate is taking over a high-profile post amid ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

Huntsman, 57, who was the ambassador to China for the Democratic administration of Barack Obama before taking a 2012 stab at becoming the Republican presidential nominee, formally severed his ties to the world's third-largest publicly traded oil explorer on September 28, Chevron said in a public filing Tuesday.

Russian Federation holds a presidential election in March next year.

Huntsman has twice served as an ambassador.

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