Russia says things can't get worse with new U.S. chief diplomat – media

16:08, 14 March 2018

Dmitry Peskov told reporters Wednesday that he's not worried about relations getting worse after Rex Tillerson's ouster, saying the relationship "can hardly go lower than the floor," according to Voice of America.

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He said he hopes for a "constructive and sober approach in joint relations" under Tillerson's nominated replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo. "This hope will always remain."

Relations between the U.S. and Russia have worsened in recent years over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Trump unexpectedly fired Tillerson on Tuesday. Pompeo faces Senate confirmation hearings where he is expected to be asked about his approach toward Russia.

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