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MOSCOW, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Russia is not in touch with the incoming U.S. administration over Syria, but Moscow sees Donald Trump as a better partner to negotiate with than Barack Obama, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said on Friday.
The Interfax news agency quoted Gatilov as saying that Trump had never linked the resolution of the Syrian crisis to the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, who is supported by Moscow.
"As we understand it, that means he has more room for manoeuvre than the outgoing administration of Obama," Gatilov was quoted as saying. (Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrew Osborn)