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No prospects for Russia-US relations in near future — lawmaker

August 06, 2014, 18:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Even during the Soviet times we had more links with the United States than today,” State Duma lower house Foreign Affairs committee chief says
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MOSCOW, August 06./ITAR-TASS/. Relations between Russia and the United States have no prospects in the next two years, State Duma lower house Foreign Affairs committee chief Aleksei Pushkov said on Wednesday.

“There is no hope and there are no prospects for Russia-US relations today,” Pushkov told Russian weekly tabloid Argumenty i Fakty.

“I think that the Obama administration will continue for the rest of term to ignore Russia and to minimise contacts,” the parliamentarian said. “Even during the Soviet times we had more links with the United States than today.”

“We have broken off trade negotiations, military cooperation, and actually all contacts except for diplomatic ones,” he said, adding that relations between the two countries had become worse than in the 1970s, when the period known as d·tente started, marking a thaw in the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

“The political mood was quite different,” he said. “Heads of the Soviet Union and the United States met each other, and the whole world looked forward to these meetings with hope.”

“Today, we see no understanding between [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [US President Barack] Obama,” Pushkov said. “It is true that they exchange views once in a while, but there are almost no bridges between these views - neither on Syria, nor on Ukraine.”

The parliamentarian said: “The United States has resolved to isolate Russia in the hope that this isolation will lead to a change in the country’s leadership.”

“They have decided that they need no ‘reset’ anymore and that they are just not comfortable with Putin’s Russia,” he said. “And that they should assemble as many countries as possible to put pressure on Russia and to create problems for its economy, setting people and business elites against the government.

Russia’s self-isolation is neither possible nor desirable, State Duma lower house Foreign Affairs committee chief Aleksei Pushkov said on Wednesday.

“Policy of self-isolation is quite counterproductive because it harms the interests of the country,” Pushkov told Russian weekly tabloid Argumenty i Fakty.

“About 200 countries exist on our planet, and about half of them are fairly important players,” he said. “For all the weight of the United States and European powers, the West is only a part of the world community. And it does not always see eye to eye with the other part.”

The parliamentarian said the recent summit of the BRICS developing-nation assembly of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa in Brazil had once again confirmed this.

“Our BRICS partners do not think that they are beyond the world community,” he said. “They just think they should strengthen their role and show this Western world that there are plenty more fish in the sea and that America is not an absolute for them.”

“This is a challenge,” Pushkov said, adding that the way Americans intrude on other states was beyond sufferance.

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