Mar 31, 2021
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"Relationships in deepest crisis": Containment of Russia has become the alpha and omega of US policy – ambassador

The US authorities are deliberately going to break with Moscow. Containment of Russia has become the alpha and omega of American politics. “Russian-American relations are in a deep crisis,” said Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov.

The diplomat made such a statement on Wednesday at a meeting of the committees on international affairs of the Federation Council.

According to him, the United States is consistently destroying the entire architecture of relations with Russia. US President Joe Biden continued the course of his predecessors to impose endless sanctions on far-fetched pretexts.

We are far from bright expectations. If there are any changes in Washington’s position, it will not be in substance, but rather in nuances. Systemic containment of Russia remains the alpha and omega of American policy, the ambassador said.

Antonov stressed that Russia was making attempts to improve relations with the United States. It created a positive agenda that would help bring about a soft reset, but this effort was not supported in the United States.

At the same time, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation noted that communication channels are still preserved between the countries. On some topics, interaction continues despite politics. As an example, he cited a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden on the issue of extending the START Treaty.

Recall that earlier Moscow recalled its ambassador from the United States for consultations. This came after Biden called his Russian counterpart a “killer” in an interview.

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