MOSCOW, October 9. /TASS/. The United States has actually dropped its policy towards Russia’s isolation, Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the international committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, said on Friday after a meeting of a working group on legal analysis of legislative procedures and laws in Ukraine.
"The thing that is playing against Ukraine is the crisis of the policy of isolation. De facto, the United States has abandoned the policy of isolation," he said.
As an evidence to his words, he cited a recent meeting between Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, in New York, and resumed dialogue between the two countries top diplomats, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and John Kerry of the United States, as well contacts between the Russian and US defence ministries. "It means de facto that the policy of isolation is just a verbal formula the United States has to stick to to look consistent but which is not implemented in real life," he said.
He noted that such policy "is already influencing the Europeans." He reminded a statement by President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker about the necessity to resume dialogue with Russia. "I think it reflects the serious change in the moods of the European political elite," Pushkov said."
In earlier remarks, Juncker spoke in favour of easing EU-Russia tension triggered by the Ukrainian crisis. "We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia. It is not sexy but that must be the case, we can't go on like this," Reuters quoted him on Thursday as saying at an event in the southern German town of Passau.
European Union officials imposed sanctions against the Russian Federation over Moscow’s stance on developments in neighbouring Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia in August last year, repeatedly extending them later. The latest decision to extend sanctions was made in June this year.
Russia imposed a package of counter-measures also last August in response to sanctions introduced by the United States, Australia, Canada, the European Union and Norway.