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2016 Presidential Election

US Election Updates - September 6, 2012

Putin ready to work with Romney

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he is ready to work with Mitt Romney if he is elected U.S. president but added he would not go out of his way to court Washington.

The Republican candidate has accused his Democratic rival President Barack Obama of being soft on Moscow during his four-year term.

However, Kremlin officials are aware that Romney's tough talk has been spurred in his bid to win the race to the White House.

Putin made the comments during an interview with Russia's RT television. When asked whether Russia could work with Romney if he is elected president on November 6, Putin said: "We can. We will work with whomever the American people elect."

"But we will work as effectively as our partners want," he said in an excerpt from the interview, suggesting he believes the United States’ relations with Russia may change under a new administration.

Ties between Moscow and Washington, soured by Russia's 2008 war with pro-Western Georgia, improved after Obama looked to "reset" relations and signed a nuclear arms treaty with then-president Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.

However, since then relations have been tested over issues including uprisings in Libya and Syria, U.S. missile defence plans and American criticism of the recent jailing of Russian band Pussy Riot.