moscow - The Kremlin is pleased with the appointment of Rex Tillerson to US Secretary of State. The Russians are looking forward to the first meeting with the minister, probably this month in Munich and Bonn.
'There is reason for cautious optimism,' said a politician of the so-called federation council in Moscow, Russia's upper house. Konstantin Kossatsjov hopes Tillerson himself with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov emerged as someone with whom to do good business is. Kossatsjov considers the American rather than a pro-Russian diplomat but as a pragmatist.
Another sound comes from the well-known political scientist Fyodor Lukyanov, who says to count on especially miracles. 'Tillerson is a great leader of proven oil giant ExxonMobil, therefore has good relations with Russia, but the 64-year-old minister now has a very different role. 'We follow him with interest, said Lukyanov with some reserve.