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Russian officials are elated over Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Thursday resignation, with some high-ranking Kremlin operatives and state television personalities calling it a "positive signal for Russia."

Julia Davis reported in The Daily Beast on Friday that Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, said that “the departure of James Mattis is a positive signal for Russia, since Mattis was far more hawkish on Russia and China than Donald Trump.”

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