Moscow, Feb 28: Relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest point since the end of Cold War, but there is hope in US President Dold Trump, a top Russian official said on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov made the remarks while addressing lawmakers at Russia’s State Duma, the lower parliamentary chamber, Efe news reported. “The current state of the links between Russia and the US, as we all know, leaves much to be desired,” said Ryabkov.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say that our relations are at their lowest point in the post-Cold War period,” he stressed. He told Russian lawmakers that former US President Barack Obama increased tensions and opted for confrontation with Russia long before the conflict in Ukraine.
The Obama administration drew up sanctions against Moscow for its alleged role in the pro-Russian insurgency that sprung up in Ukraine’s Russian borderlands following the 2014 ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich.
“The rate of total degradation in (US-Russian) relations quickly accelerated following the coup d’état in Kiev three years ago. In the White House, they opted for open confrontation,” he said.
Reiterating views already expressed by some of Russia’s top officials, including President Vladimir Putin, Ryabkov said he hoped that the arrival of Trump to the White House would create an opportunity to defrost Russian-American relations. Any future discussions between the tions must be balanced and free of blackmail, he said. Trump is due to address Congress later on Tuesday where he would expound the set-up of his new cabinet. (ians)