During a ceremony Tuesday in which he accepted the diplomatic credentials of U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants greater “cooperation” between their two countries.
According to the Kremlin, Putin said the current state of the U.S.-Russian relationship cannot continue.
"We advocate for constructive, predictable, and mutually advantageous cooperation. We are convinced that it should build upon the stringent adherence to the principles of equality, respect for national interests, and noninterference with each other's internal affairs."
Putin also expressed his nation’s condolences to the U.S. over the Las Vegas shooting on Sunday.
After the ceremony, Huntsman said:
"As the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation, I look forward to working to rebuild trust between our two countries and to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on cooperation on common interests I will seek out Russian people from all walks of life to share perspectives, to relay American values, and to deepen my growing appreciation for Russia’s rich and fascinating history and culture. My wife Mary Kaye and I look forward to meeting as many Russian citizens as possible during our travels throughout the country and discovering what we have in common."
According to the U.S. Mission to the Russian Federation, Huntsman, the former governor of Utah and ambassador to China, is returning this week to the U.S. for consultations.