Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said that the split and the domestic political fight in the US, which will also affect the country’s foreign policy and influence Russia, will continue after the election to the US Congress, TASS reports.
"In my opinion, the split and the domestic political fight in the US will continue. Unfortunately, it will affect the international agenda and external issues and international institutions. This turbulence will undoubtedly influence Russia as well," Matviyenko told journalists on Wednesday.
She stressed that now it is possible only to go by the preliminary results of the election to the US Congress that were published in the media and suggested that most probably "the Democrats will keep control in the lower [parliamentary] chamber and the Republicans will still have the upper hand in the upper chamber." "It seems to me that it still preserves a narrow window of opportunity for President [Donald] Trump," she added.
The results of the November 6 US midterm elections were rather expected, but it’s difficult to say how they will impact Russian-US relations, Kremlin Aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Wednesday.
"It’s evident that for all the election outcome was rather expected," Ushakov said. "It’s difficult to predict any other result given the US political practice: usually during the mid-term elections the House of Representatives is won by the side, which is in the opposition."
"Speaking on the influence of elections on developing Russian-US ties, we should wait and see what will be the impact," he said.
On Tuesday, the midterm election was held in the US. The voting resulted in the re-election of 35 out of 100 senators, all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, 39 governors of states and territories, as well as 6,073 members of legislatives assemblies in states, judges and members of school district councils. According to forecasts of the American media, after the election the Democratic Party will occupy most seats in the US House of Representatives, and the Republican Party will consolidate control over the Senate. US President Donald Trump already called the voting results incredibly successful.