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No one in US talks stabilization in relations with Russia – ambassador in Washington

Washington has suspended any cooperation with Moscow, said Anatoly Antonov
Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov
 Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov
© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, October 6. /TASS/. The United States has halted any area of cooperation with Moscow, and Washington does not talk about stabilizing relations with Russia, Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in a televised interview with Russia’s Channel One on Wednesday.

"No one in Washington is now talking about how to stabilize and develop bilateral relations. Here Russia has definitely acquired the status of an adversary, one of those monsters that must be destroyed," he said. "At present, all areas of cooperation are frozen."

Antonov said that Washington is not ready to sever diplomatic relations with Moscow, considering it inexpedient. He added that a new US ambassador to Moscow is likely to be appointed in the near future.

"Americans argue at the political level that it is inexpedient to completely break off diplomatic relations and they think it necessary to have their representatives in Moscow. By the way, it was recently announced that the appointment of a new ambassador to Moscow may be expected soon," he said.