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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny talks to journalists after he was sentenced by a court to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating laws governing the organisation of public meetings and rallies during a hearing in Moscow Russia Octobe

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, looks at Jon Huntsman, the US new ambassador to Russia, who walks after presenting his diplomatic credentials, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, second right, seen nearby, during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia October 3, 2017.

"We advocate for constructive, predictable, and mutually advantageous cooperation".

Huntsman, a businessman, veteran diplomat and former presidential candidate, came to Russian Federation at a tense time, when the White House-Kremlin diplomatic relations are at a dangerously low ebb.

In his address to Mr Huntsman, Mr Putin offered Russia's condolences over the deadly shooting attack in Las Vegas and expressed hope for better ties with the US.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned people Monday that unauthorized rallies will have consequences for the people responsible.

The standoff between Moscow and the West will not ease until Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves office, a top European Union diplomat has claimed. "We are the masters of our country!"

The 57-year-old Huntsman, who served as governor of Utah, has worked in numerous United States administrations, notably as ambassador to China under Democrat president Barack Obama, before running unsuccessfully for president as a Republican in 2012.

The former 2012 GOP presidential candidate is taking over a high-profile post amid ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

Putin leads the polls ahead of Russia's presidential election next year, and should he confirm he is running, will likely win another six-year presidential term.

"I look forward to working to rebuild trust between our two countries and to strengthening the bilateral relationship based on cooperation on common interests", the new USA ambassador said after the Kremlin ceremony.

"Our peoples share feelings of mutual liking and respect".

Huntsman will be performing one of the most hard jobs on the diplomatic circuit.

Mr Huntsman arrived in Moscow on Sunday to take over from John Tefft, who left after serving in Russian Federation for three years, a period marred by a deep and rapid deterioration of ties, unseen since the end of the Cold War.



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