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US seeks no regime change in Russia — ambassador

January 20, 2015, 18:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In mid-December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the US of attempts to change the regime and destabilize the situation in Russia with the help of sanctions
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US ambassador John Tefft

US ambassador John Tefft

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MOSCOW, January 20. /TASS/. Washington is not seeking to change Russia’s government but to change its policies, the US ambassador to Moscow said on Tuesday.

"We are working hard with our allies to allow Russia the opportunity to change its policies, to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors, and to once again become a full partner in securing peace and prosperity — not only in Europe but around the world," John Tefft said in his speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

The diplomat said there was "continued bipartisan skepticism that the Russian government is ready to resume such a course."

In an interview with France 24 TV channel in mid-December, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the US of attempts to change the regime and destabilize the situation in Russia with the help of sanctions.

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