Fri Nov 11, 2016 06:35PM
This combo file photo shows US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This combo file photo shows US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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A high-ranking Russian official has said there is a great deal of similarity between US President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy approach and that of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, expressing hope that the strained relations between Moscow and Washington would improve.

Mike Billington, a member of the Executive Intelligence Review, said in a Friday interview with Press TV that the US-Russia ties will undoubtedly improve under a Trump presidency, because he has recognized that relations with Moscow are “crucial” for "the future of mankind."

Billington added that the American people are very united on fundamental issues such as their absolute disgust with perpetual warfare and the threat of a thermonuclear war with Russia.

The analyst further argued that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was defeated in the election because she continued to demonize Russia in her campaign.

“This was repudiated by the vast majority of the American people which has brought many Democrats as well as Republicans to vote against Hillary and for Trump who in the last few weeks openly declared his support for the 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act… And to go beyond just saying he was a friend of Putin but actually warning the country correctly that Hillary Clinton’s policy, the no-fly zone in Syria, other threats would lead to a thermonuclear war with Russia and that warning that Hillary was bringing on World War III was recognized and accepted by an American population who voted overwhelmingly against them,” he said.

The analyst concluded by saying that the United States has already ended the threat of an immediate nuclear war, adding that it can also terminate the "criminal wars" in Syria and Iraq by joining Russia and focusing on wiping out the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.