Top Russian official praises Trump address free of 'nonsense' about Moscow

Top Russian official praises Trump address free of 'nonsense' about Moscow
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A high-ranking Russian official on Wednesday praised President Trump for not mentioning "vicious nonsense" about Russia during his speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday evening.

Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov noted that Trump's speech "stood out" for not being aggressive toward Moscow and having a "balanced tone."

"Trump's performance in Congress stood out due to self-restraint, balanced tone and absence of vicious nonsense toward Russia that was common for [former President] Obama," Pushkov tweeted.

Despite the ongoing controversy that surrounds Moscow's alleged attempt to interfere in the 2016 election for his benefit, Trump did not make a single direct reference to Russia during his address.

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Instead, the president noted that U.S. was ready to “forge new partnerships” with nations that were once America's enemies.

The Russian lawmaker also mocked the Democrats for criticizing Trump's position toward Russia.

"Democrats accuse Trump of ignoring the 'Russian threat.' This was all that Obama and [Hillary] Clinton thought about ... Didn't help them during the election," he tweeted.