Foreign-policy adviser to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, Carter Page, has arrived in Moscow to meet with businessmen and politicians.
«I am going to meet with influential businessmen and thought leaders,» RIA Novosti cited him as saying.
He plans to leave Moscow on December 13.
Earlier, he said that the new US Administration needs people who believe in the potential of US-Russia relations and support the views of President-elect Donald Trump on the necessity to restore ties with Moscow.
The director general of the Institute for Caspian Cooperation Sergey Mikheyev, told Vestnik Kavkaza, that the visit of Donald Trump’s adviser to Moscow says about the new US president’s desire to start building a dialogue with Russia.
«Trump, at least at the first stage, will attempt to improve relations with Moscow. The US president’s assistant, apparently, is to verify the position,» the expert said, adding that any conclusions are premature.
A member of the European Research Centre of the International Relations Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir Olenchenko, in turn, suggested that Page arrived in Moscow to explore the prospects for Russian-American relations before the new administration in Washington takes office.
«He probably plans to find out the estimates of the officials. In addition, Washington should indicate its position,» he explained.
According to Olenchenko, at this stage, the US needs to raise the maximum number of questions to have an opportunity to maneuver and find a compromise.
«On the one hand, he has to clarify certain nuances of the Russian position, but on the other, to identify the key elements of the US position, to be able to develop a common platform for the normalization of bilateral relations,» the expert explained.
Earlier, Trump’s adviser worked in Moscow in the department of the investment bank Merrill Lynch. In July, the US media, covering Page’s visit to Moscow, drew attention to the fact that in his address to students and journalists, he criticized the US policy toward Russia.