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MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Washington’s attempts to isolate Moscow are doomed to failure, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday summing up the major foreign policy events of the year.
"This year the failure of the US attempts to isolate this country became evident. An intense bilateral dialogue at a high and the highest levels is eloquent of this," the statement reads.
Moscow and Washington continued joint effort in the areas where this cooperation meets the Russian interests and the tasks to ensure international security and stability, including in Syria and Ukraine.
Russia and the United States also made an important joint contribution to reaching an all-encompassing agreement on settling Iran’s nuclear issue, the ministry said.
Moscow also retaliated against "Washington’s unfriendly steps and attempts of pressuring Russia," the ministry stressed. Russia told the US to "comply with the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in domestic affairs and to give up the attempts of blackmail."
"We demanded that Washington should settle the problems it created in the bilateral agenda," the ministry said. Moscow also insisted that the US law enforcement agencies should stop "hunting" Russian citizens in third countries.
"Special focus was made on protecting the rights of Russian adopted children subjected to harsh treatment from American adoptive parents."