Washington: The US has said the election of
the Russian President is an internal matter, but noted its ties with Moscow are important for the two countries as well as for the world.
"This is a matter, a decision that is the question of
who will be Russia`s next President, that’s a decision for
the Russian people to determine," State Department spokesman
Mark Toner said when asked about the announcement made by
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that he would run for
presidency next year.
"We, for our part, look forward to working with whoever
is the next president because we believe, clearly, that’s it
in the mutual interest of the United States and Russia, and
the world, that we do work closely together," Toner said.
Denying that the US is endorsing Putin, the spokesperson asserted he is simply saying that this is a matter for the Russian people to decide on.
"Who is Russia’s next democratically elected leader
is a matter for the Russian people to decide. Regardless of
who wins the next election, our priorities remain the same.
We believe the resets been in both of our nation`s, and indeed
the world’s, best interests.
"We’re going to cooperate with Russia in areas where
we can cooperate constructively," he said.
Toner said US wants to resume missile defense
cooperation, and it is also seeking to finalise Russia`s
accession to the WTO.
"These are going to be remain priorities for us.
We’re going to continue to work on the reset. We think it’s
been valuable so far, and we’re going to continue to work on
it," he said.