‘Russia-US ties approach dangerous confrontational point’

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The ministry warned Moscow was already engaged in a de facto conflict with Washington, which would only face stiffer resistance….reports Asian Lite News

Russia’s top diplomat has warned that relations with the United States have deteriorated to the point of a potentially disastrous standoff between Washington and Moscow.

The Russian Foreign Ministry held a board meeting Wednesday led by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who discussed along with his colleagues the current state of the U.S.-Russia relationship. Following the talks, the ministry released a statement characterizing the participants’ views of the tortured ties between the two powers.

“It was noted during the discussion that bilateral relations had approached a dangerous confrontational threshold through the fault of Washington,” the ministry said, “who have provoked an unprecedented escalation between our states over the recent years.”

The ministry warned Moscow was already engaged in a de facto conflict with Washington, which would only face stiffer resistance.

“Russia is subjected to unprecedented pressure that the U.S. pulls its allies into, introducing a strong ideological component to the standoff with Moscow,” the ministry said. “This line by Washington, which blatantly violates international law, will continue to come up against unwavering opposition as far as protecting Russia’s legitimate interests goes.”

The harsh assessment came a day after Russian ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov identified what he saw as “a lack of confidence, a lack of trust between the United States and Russia” in an interview with Moscow’s state-run RT outlet.

“I am trying to find a day when Russia has become an enemy or a rival for the United States and it is rather difficult to say when it happened,” Antonov said. “It seems to me that maybe it was 10 years ago but not when the Ukrainian crisis starts.”

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