Moscow: “No illusions” about restoring ties with US quickly

Sergey Lavrov
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a meeting with U.N. Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien in Moscow, Russia. Russia's foreign minister said Monday Nov. 9, 2015, the next round of Syria talks expected to be held this weekend must not focus squarely on demands for Syrian President Bashar Assad's resignation, which he called a "simplistic approach." The talks should focus instead on reaching consensus on who should represent the Syrian opposition and who should be considered extremists. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister says Moscow has “no illusions” that strained relations between Russia and the United States can quickly improve under President Donald Trump.

Russian officials previously cheered Trump’s election and expressed hopes of better ties between the two countries.

Speaking at the Russian parliament on Wednesday, Sergey Lavrov said Russia has “no illusions that there will be a new reset with the U.S., we don’t have any naive expectations.”

“Reset” was the term that President Barack Obama’s administration and then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev coined in 2009 to describe a drive for closer ties between the two countries. The initiative was, however, short-lived.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lavrov said Moscow welcomes Trump’s assurances that he wants to improve relations with Russia.