Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said on Wednesday (April 28) that the relationship between Russia and the United States is now worse than during the Cold War due to a lack of mutual respect.
China News Agency reported that Lavrov said in an interview with Russian state television that Moscow is ready to normalize relations with Washington at any time, but warned that the United States should stop treating Russia in its current posture. Lavrov said that if the United States avoids mutual respectful dialogue on the basis of a balance of interests, “our two countries will live under conditions of the’Cold War’ or worse.”
Lavrov said that during the Cold War, tensions between Russia (Soviet) and the United States developed rapidly, and dangerous crisis situations often appeared, but the two sides also received mutual respect. “In my opinion, this kind of respect is now insufficient.”
Russian Satellite Network reported on the 28th that Lavrov disclosed in an interview with Satellite News that after the Biden administration of the United States came to power, Moscow had proposed to Washington to “zero out” diplomatic conflicts. Lavrov said: “If it only depends on us, we will probably return to normal relations, and the first step, I think, obviously all measures that restrict the work of Russian diplomats in the United States should be cleared, and this step is nothing. Not difficult. Our country responded by restricting the work of US diplomats in Russia.”
On April 15, the United States announced sanctions and expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats in retaliation for Washington’s alleged intervention by the Kremlin in the US election, large-scale cyber attacks, and other hostile activities. In this regard, Lavrov said on the 16th that Russia will respond equally to the new sanctions imposed by the United States on Russia, deciding to expel 10 American diplomats in Russia and barring eight American citizens from entering the country.
In recent times, the diplomatic conflict between Russia and the United States has intensified. In order to ease the differences, the two sides have expressed their willingness to hold summit talks, but the date of the talks has not yet been determined. According to reports, on the 28th local time, Russian Presidential Press Secretary Peskov said that Russian President Putin and US President Biden may meet in the summer, but the time and location have not yet been determined.