Relations between Moscow and Washington cannot fall further after the departure of the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said the Kremlin Wednesday.
Replacing Tillerson is head of the CIA Mike Pompeo. US President Donald Trump remarked on Tuesday that he had "difficult relations" with Tillerson.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Piskov said that Russia is hoping for a "constructive" approach from the United States. "It is difficult to fall from this point. It is unlikely that there is fear for further degradation," Piskov told reporters.
"In any case, there is still hope for a constructive approach towards bilateral ties," Peskov added.
Before moving into diplomacy, Rex Tillerson had worked closely with Russia for almost 20 years as head of the oil company ExxonMobil, meeting regularly with Vladimir Putin.
But despite Trump's appointment and promises of reconciliation, relations between Moscow and Washington have only deteriorated since his election in light of accusations of interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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