Russian Media Turns Friendlier to U.S. After Trump Election Victory
In the first telephone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Trump, the Russian president said he is ready for a "dialog" with the new U.S. administration.
In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, Russian mainstream media outlets, from TV to newspapers, have changed their rhetoric from anti-American to a more friendly approach.
Dmitry Kiselyov, a controversial host of TV talk show Vesti Nedeli (News of the Week) on state-controlled network Rossiya 1, who once said that Russia could turn Washington into "radioactive dust" and also compared Obama's policies in Ukraine with those of Adolph Hitler's during WWII, has taken a very different stance lately. "In Russia, people have congratulated each other on Trump's victory," Kiselyov said on his most recent show. "What does this signify? First of all, there is no anti-Americanism in Russia whatsoever."
News agency Regnum in an editorial called those who voted for Trump "true Americans" and praised the president-elect, comparing him with George Washington.
Alexander Dugin, a prominent pro-Kremlin political commentator, said on TV network Tsargrad that the Russians "have solidarity with the American people."
Meanwhile, Trump and President Vladimir Putin had their first-ever phone conversation Monday.
During the call, Putin said he was ready "to have a partner dialog with the new [U.S.] administration on the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other's internal affairs," the Kremlin said on its website.
The two men agreed that the relations between Russia and the U.S. are currently "unsatisfactory" and spoke out in favor of "active collaboration for their normalizing and constructive interaction on a broad range of issues," it added.