Many Russian officials have good ties with Tillerson: Kremlin

Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks with then-ExxonMobil Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson on August 30, 2011.
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Not only Russian President Vladimir Putin but many other Russian officials also have good relations with Exxon Mobil's Rex Tillerson, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has announced Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state.

"He (Tillerson) has actively assisted business cooperation and is known to everyone," Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told journalists.

Asked whether Tillerson becoming secretary of state could help mend U.S.-Russian ties, Ushakov said: "We want to get out of the crisis state (of our relations), which does not satisfy neither the Russian nor the American side."