Russian Federation court sentences opposition politician Alexei Navalny to 20 days jail

Aleksei Navalny, Putin Critic, Is Sentenced to 20 Days in Jail

Huntsman, whose nomination was approved by the Senate on Thursday in a voice vote, has said there is no question that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US campaign, putting him at odds with Trump, who has downplayed that charge.

Russian Federation holds a presidential election in March next year.

In a photo tweeted out by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Huntsman presented his credentials to Putin at the Kremlin. "He thinks this is not just in the interests of the people of our two nations, it's in the interests of the whole world", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked by CNN about Huntsman's arrival.

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

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At a confirmation hearing before a Senate panel on September 19, Huntsman said that there is "no question - underline, no question - that the Russian government interfered in the USA election a year ago".

Huntsman, a former Utah governor and United States ambassador to China during the Obama administration, took the position as tension between the USA and Russia has escalated in recent years, from the U.S. rebuke of Russia's human rights situation to its opposition to Russian military involvement in Ukraine and Syria.

"We hope that, headed by the new ambassador, the USA diplomatic mission to Russian Federation will be able to significantly contribute to repairing the damage done by Washington's actions to our relations", said Peskov. "I will seek out Russian people from all walks of life to share perspectives, to relay American values, and to deepen my growing appreciation for Russia's rich and fascinating history and culture".

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.

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