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Putin says wants to 'fully restore' Russia-US ties

AFP  |  Sochi 

Russian on Tuesday said he wanted to "fully restore" strained ties between and Moscow, during a visit by US

"I would very much like your visit to to benefit Russia-US relations and promote their development," Putin said as he received Pompeo at his residence in the resort of Sochi.

Putin also praised the report, despite its findings that interfered in the 2016 US

"Despite the exotic nature of Mr Mueller's commission, on the whole he conducted quite an objective investigation and confirmed the absence of any collusion between the and Russia," he said.

has rejected these claims "from the very beginning as complete nonsense".

Pompeo earlier told Russian that US was committed to improving relations with

Pompeo underlined to Putin that Trump wanted to make "our two peoples more successful and, frankly, the world more successful, too." "Trump wants to do everything we can and he asked me to travel here to communicate that.

"Some of our cooperation has been excellent -- on North Korea, on Afghanistan, we've done good work -- (and) counter-terrorism work -- together. These are things we can build upon.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 00:25 IST