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Leonid Slutsky on the results of US elections

Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs:

“In the midterm elections to the US Congress, there were no surprises. In support of all forecasts, Democrats get a majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans are strengthening their positions in the Senate. This outcome shows that the split in American society persists.

In my opinion, this election was a kind of vote of confidence in Trump’s policy, an indicator of support for his positions. And that is why they attached so much importance. However, it was also obvious that any outcome would increase the Congress’s pressure on the American leader.

With the Democrats obtaining the majority of seats in the House of Representatives, control over all previous legislative initiatives in the sphere of foreign policy will only get tougher and, in the first place, this will happen on the Russian track. There already – even before the summing up of the voting results – there were calls for the introduction of the second package of absolutely absurd sanctions in the “Skripale case”. Political speculation does not end, the “anti-Russian card” is still in the sleeve of Trump’s opponents. Owing to this, it is not, unfortunately, necessary to expect any cardinal changes in Russian-American relations.

However, we leave no hope that common sense on Capitol Hill will sooner or later prevail. We will continue contacts and cooperation with those American politicians who are ready to engage in a constructive dialogue. And these are not enough. “

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