MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Washington does not hide the US’ goal in Ukraine is to inflict a strategic defeat to Russia and to exhaust it, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said on Russian TV Wednesday.
"The political circles in Washington do not hide the goal of their war on the Ukrainian territory, and my tongue did not slip - to inflict a strategic defeat to Russia, to exhaust and to wear down our country," he said.
The Russian envoy noted that the Americans seek to pit Russia’s partners and allies against Moscow.
"They want to drive a wedge between us and former Soviet republics, they threaten them with sanctions, they persuade them that all cooperation with us must be stopped and all ties must be cut," he continued. "The Russophobes have decided to cut Russia’s name from the political map of the world. These ideas are not propaganda slogans and not a figure of speech. This is indeed a real situation in our relations."
"The Russian-American relations are in sorry state. The Americans have effectively destroyed all that we have built in the recent years together. The degree of Russophobia and mistrust is off the charts," he concluded.