MOSCOW, February 19. /TASS/. The first month of the U.S. new President Donald Trump has not been helpful in bringing closer positions of Moscow and Washington, results of the month do not allow optimism about improvement of bilateral relations, head of the defense and security committee at the Federation Council (parliament’s upper house) Frants Klintsevich told reporters on Sunday.
"The month after inauguration of Donald Trump has not settled a single issue regarding development of the Russian-U.S. relations - on the contrary, there are more new issues," he said. First of all, he continued, it is still not clear how the U.S. plans "dealing with Russia" and what it expects from Moscow. What the U.S. Administration’s representatives said about the situation in Ukraine "is clearly not in line with improvement of the Russian-American relations."
The main obstacle, he said, remains the treaty on short and middle range missiles, of breaching which "the U.S. has been blaming Russia groundlessly."
"At the same time, many our military experts doubt in the expanding U.S. anti-missile defense in Europe this treaty answers Russia’s interests," the legislator continued. "If there is a decision to denounce or freeze the treaty, we shall announce it as directly and openly, as in case with the suspended agreement on plutonium."
Another painful issue, which still has not been addressed, is the anti-Russian sanctions, he said. "Nor was it discussed even during the telephone conversation between the presidents in late January."
"The only area, in my opinion, where realistic are joint actions of our countries - not any time but right now - is fighting the radical Islamic terror," he said, adding - in that issue an obstacle may be the contradictions between the U.S. and Iran, which is Russia’s ally in Syria. "Here, I even do not admit we could agree to whatever "deals" - not to be mixed up with compromises! This is not our style."
With all the above, and taking into the account the unstable position of the new U.S. president, who is "attacked from all directions," the Russian senator cannot see opportunities for improvement of the Russian-American relations in near future. "Thus, my forecast is far from optimistic: I wish the situation were not worse," he said, adding Moscow thus should build up its defense, the social sphere and the society accord. "The U.S. will be talking equally only with strong and prosperous Russia, united by common objectives," he said.