US president-elect Donald Trump and his team are poised to build a more friendly dialogue between Moscow and Washington, said Ret. Adm. James Stavridis, who is reported to be among contenders to the post of the US Secretary of State.

 

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“From all I can see, the new Administration is sincere about opening discussions that could lead to more congenial relations,” Stavridis, the dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, told TASS, commenting on the possible development of ties between Moscow and Washington when the new US president takes office.

 

“I believe there is room for a shared effort to solve the challenges of Syria, for example, at least in a humanitarian stance. We may be able to cooperate on counter-narcotics, counter-piracy, the Arctic, arms control, and other specific issues,” he continued.

 

However, the expert added that Russian-US relations are marred by serious disagreements that are not easy to overcome.

 

“Obviously we have a significant disagreement over Ukraine and Crimea, but with the Minsk agreement as a blueprint, we may be able to improve the situation there as well,” he said. “So there are both disagreements but potential areas of agreement going forward.”

 

Stavridis said that Moscow and Washington also needed to hold “a discussion about appropriate cyber activities.”