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On Trump’s anniversary, Moscow urges him to end Russo-phobia

Seeking to improve ties between Washington and Moscow

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MOSCOW, Russia - As the U.S. President Donald Trump marked the first anniversary of being in office, Russia’s top diplomat urged him to counter "Russo-phobic" intrigues in the United States.

Seeking to improve ties between Washington and Moscow, that despite Trump’s repeated statements addressing the same, Sergey Lavrov exhorted Trump to counter "Russo-phobic" intrigues against him to improve ties.

While Lavrov did not offer a specific course of action for Trump, he said any improvement in U.S.-Russian relations depends in part on "the preparedness and capability of Mr. Trump to counter the domestic intrigues which are directed first and foremost against him."

Lavrov lamented that "such intrigues are playing the Russo-phobic card,” even as Trump’s presidential campaign continues to be investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible coordination with Russia's alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Addressing a news conference, Lavrov said that he is convinced Americans will eventually tire of the anti-Russia messaging and recognize that is is in their interest to repair U.S.-Russian relations.

Moscow has, repeatedly and vehemently rejected that it had any hand in meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election that brought Trump to power. 

The U.S. intelligence has concluded in its probe that Russia ran a propaganda campaign to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

Lavrov has now suggested that Trump fight back against allegations of improper relationships with Russia.

However, experts have pointed out that even before special counsel Mueller's appointment in May last year, U.S.-Russian ties were still at a low point.

Before Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama left office, American intelligence agencies released their public report assessing the Kremlin directed a wide-ranging effort to influence the 2016 presidential election to help Trump and hurt his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton.

For months now, Trump has been trying to cast investigations into his campaign as the biggest "witch hunt" in U.S. history and a partisan "hoax." 

Over the last year, the President has publicly and privately fumed about his first year in power being dogged by revelations, leaks and controversies about his campaign's ties to Russia. 

Currently, several congressional committees also are investigating Russia's election conduct.

Lavrov meanwhile said, "We see that all problems are blamed on Russia, and this domestic political life is using the Russo-phobic card for bad purposes. But I'm positive that the time of those who use such practices will pass," and the U.S. will support greater cooperation with Russia.

Lavrov said several times that Russia is open to talks with the Trump administration. 

Further, commenting on the Pentagon's recently announced defence strategy, which places China and Russia as the top national security priorities - Lavrov lamented the "confrontational" approach.

He even commented on whether the U.S. was losing global leadership under Trump and said, "In today's world, leadership can only be a collective thing. We all have to help. And such a powerful country as the U.S. can indeed do a lot of beneficial things in eliminating terrorism. We're interested in coordinating our actions."

Further, he said that the Trump administration has delivered mixed and contradictory messages on several issues, adding, "We're troubled by that. This incoherence and the lack of a principled commitment to what we negotiate is very typical of the current American diplomacy."

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