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After Mueller findings, US-Russian relations can hopefully 'start again,' VTB's Kostin says


Added 04-24-19 04:02:01am EST - “The Mueller report findings should help to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia, Andrey Kostin, the chairman and president of VTB Bank, said.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “After Mueller findings, US-Russian relations can hopefully 'start again,' VTB's Kostin says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Mueller report's findings that President Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election should help to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia, Andrey Kostin, the chairman and president of VTB Bank, told CNBC.

"Hopefully, the Mueller report will help to start a rethink (of) the attitude of American politicians towards Russia and maybe we'll have a new start in our relationship with the United States, hopefully," Kostin told CNBC's Geoff Cutmore in Moscow, Wednesday.

Relations between Russia and the U.S. have been strained since the former was found to have meddled in the 2016 election and was punished with U.S. sanctions.

Following a 22-month investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller concluded in March that Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the vote, however.

"For a long time the Russian side was saying that the Mueller report would not find any relationship, or behind-the-scenes relationship or agreement, between Trump and Russia because there are none," Kostin said.

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