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All this talk of embracing Trump, however, may simply reflect Russia's happiness that Clinton didn't win, as Clinton campaigned heavily on being hostile toward Russian Federation, accusing Russia of plotting against her campaign, and talking openly about military action in Syria created to get "military leverage" against Russian Federation.

It is one of the key questions following Donald Trump's election as the 45th president of the United States and its outcome will impact the lives of millions of people across the world. And one Russia expert says that the earlier leaks of e-mails created to embarrass Clinton campaign officials may have been done as a form of competition by lower-level cyber-agents at various Russian intelligence agencies. "There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign". "Those discussions were congratulatory and forward looking". He went on to say, "We know that the work remains".

Ryabkov said officials in the Russian Foreign Ministry were familiar with numerous people he described as Trump's entourage. "Those people have always been in the limelight in the United States and have occupied high-ranking positions. I can not say that all of them but quite a few have been staying in touch with Russian representatives".

"We feel no euphoria", Rybakov was quoted as saying in an interview in Moscow.

During the campaign, Trump traveled to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Trump and Hillary Clinton met separately with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in September.

The ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Later, the Foreign Ministry in Moscow said Ryabkov had been referring to US politicians and supporters of Trump, not members of his campaign staff. He said such contacts are "quite natural, quite normal".

"And our experts, our specialists on the US, on global affairs".

Mr Markov likens both Mr Trump and Mr Putin to David overcoming Goliath and says both like to negotiate hard and then reach a pragmatic deal.

In contrast, Peskov said that the Russian government has a "lousy" relationship with the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton made the charge as well during the CNN debate in October. Clinton also met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of Egypt during the U.N. General Assembly session in October; a spokesman for her campaign said there were no communications with Russian Federation.

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But perhaps a bigger concern for Americans is whether Trump's election and his dismissal of concerns about Russian hacking during the campaign would give the green light to Russian-sponsored hackers to cause more trouble here at home. Some embarrassed and damaged the Clinton campaign. The emails were then disclosed by WikiLeaks in an effort that Clinton supporters claim was meant to damage her White House bid.

Putin throughout the campaign denied that the Kremlin was interfering with the elections.

Former Putin campaigner and political analyst Sergei Markov says Mr Trump should put that aside for the greater good. They also found no conclusive evidence of financial connections between Trump's associates and Russian financial institutions.

"It is phenomenal how they got to be so close in their conceptual approaches to foreign policy", Peskov said, adding that this is reason for "very moderate optimism" that Russian Federation can develop this relationship further. "And we didn't see any reason to revise our view that the election campaign in the U.S.in fact saw a bipartisan anti-Russian consensus". He resigned from the campaign days after his name was found in a ledger of payouts from the party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in a pro-European street revolution in 2014. "He is very consistent in saying that Russia's and Russian people's prosperity and their national interests are the main objective and the main priority", Peskov went on.

The last two American presidents tried mightily to improve relations with Russian Federation. Trump said. "I'm not going to renounce him".

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

Russian Federation is looking forward to a potentially less complicated relationship with the United States going forward, Rybakov added.

"Trump said, the main thing for me is America and [its] interests, but we will be ready to build relationships and to engage in dialogue with any country in so far as this country is ready".

"It is phenomenal how close they are to one another when it comes to their conceptual approach to foreign policy". "That would improve the investment climate for Russian Federation".

Including a "naive" President Trump, if possible.