Moscow-Russia’s chief diplomat said Wednesday that relations with the United States were even worse than during the Cold War due to lack of mutual respect.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was ready to normalize relations with Washington, but the United States took a “sovereign” stance while rallying allies against Russia and China. He said it should not be taken.
“We will live in a sub-Cold War situation,” Lavrov said, if the United States avoids a mutually respectful dialogue based on a balance of interests.
“During the Cold War, tensions and dangerous crises often occurred, but there was mutual respect,” Lavrov said in a weekly news program about an interview on Russian state television. “It looks like it’s in the red right now.”
Earlier this month, the Biden administration sanctioned Russia for interfering with the 2020 US presidential election and engaging in a federal agency SolarWinds hack. Moscow denied this.
The United States has banished 10 Russian diplomats, targeted dozens of businesses and people, and ordered them to impose new restrictions on Russia’s ability to borrow money. While ordering sanctions, US President Joe Biden also called for relief of tensions, leaving the door open for cooperation with Russia in certain areas.
Russia quickly retaliated by ordering 10 US diplomats to leave, blacklisting eight current and former US officials, and tightening the operating requirements of the US embassy.
As part of the restrictions, Russia has moved to ban US embassies and their consulates from hiring Russian and third-country citizens. Similar bans apply to other countries designated as “unfriendly.”
Lavrov said Wednesday that a list of those countries would be released shortly to formulate the decision.
In an interview with Mr. Lavrov, Mr. Lavrov said Moscow was “positive” at Biden’s proposal to hold a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but Russia said. He added that all aspects of the initiative still need to be analyzed.
Lavrov said he would attend a meeting of top Icelandic Arctic diplomats next month and would be ready to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken if he also attended the meeting. It was.