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Russia tempering expectations for cooperation as U.S. votes, foreign minister says

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 25, 2020. PREUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow does not have inflated expectations for cooperation with the new U.S. president, the RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying as U.S. voters went to the polls on Tuesday.

Lavrov said Russia would respect any choice the American people make and would be ready for constructive cooperation, but said Moscow was realistic in evaluating the prospects for bilateral relations.

Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Alex Richardson