VLADIVOSTOK, October 9. /TASS/. Russia is tired of the ‘strategic patience’ and awaits from the U.S. a civilized attitude to many problems, including adoption of children and illegal arrests of Russian citizens, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with the Voskresnoye Vremya weekly television program on Sunday.
"For a very long time we have been expecting the Americans to have simply polite, civilized attitude to quite many problems, which have gained in our relations," Lavrov said. "We, honestly speaking, for quite a long time had demonstrated what the Americans call ‘strategic patience’."
"Noteworthy, the unilateral worsening of relations from the American side began well before Ukraine," he said.
Besides, he continued, Russia had been doing everything "to isolate conflicts." "Take the Magnitsky law," he said. "Right, we had to response. And then happens a very weird offense - this is not the way, in my opinion, adults should be hurt - because of Snowden. We were accused of recruiting him, pushing him inside Russia. This is nonsense. This is well-known."
Among the overdue problems, Lavrov also pointed to the adoption issues. "Till now we have not got access, including to certain ranchos, which are private orphanages," he said. "The thing is the Americans, who wanted to adopt our children and then thought better of it, are loading them into that orphanage as they are excessive burden. We have been fighting to get in there for ten years already. We are refused - they say it is a private organization."
"And another plot of the kind - the absolutely overdue issue, where the Americans grasp our citizens in third countries, arrest, in fact kidnapping them," the foreign minister said. "The stories of Viktor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko are the proofs."
He continued, saying Bout was arrested in Thailand on charges with an attempt of a criminal conspiracy.
"FBI agents simply provoked him, trying to get from him consent in exchange for providing aviation services to deliver something somewhere," the minister said. "But as the court in Thailand refused the U.S. in extraditing him, there was another attempt by the U.S., and that time Bout was exported from Thailand in breach of Thai laws without consent. He was kidnapped."
"As for Yaroshenko - there, in Liberia, well no court procedure was there," Lavrov said. "They treated the independent country of Liberia as a colony, which it is not for quite a time now.".