Russia: Our Relationship with America Today is at its Worst

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday condemned the US policy of “imposing sanctions first and then negotiating” against the backdrop of renewed tension in relations between the two countries.

“In most cases, the United States is not really ready to start talks,” Lavrov said in a speech on the sidelines of an economic forum in Vladivostok, Russia’s Far East.

“They first declare sanctions and then other sanctions and then only move to negotiations,” he said.

“It is not only Russia-US relations, but today it is in the worst situation … It was the same for North Korea and the EU, and with China there is a trade war,” he said.

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Lavrov said that this policy “has become a permanent behavior as soon as a problem arises, pressure measures are announced.” “I do not think it is possible to expect the long-term success of this policy,” he said.

Since 2014, the United States has imposed strict economic sanctions on Russia over its supposed role in the Ukrainian crisis.

In late August, a new set of sanctions against Russia entered into force over the poisoning of a former Russian intelligence agent in the kingdom.

Washington and London attribute the poisoning process to the Kremlin, which denies this.

In August, the United States also imposed sanctions on Russian entities suspected of being behind piracy or trading with North Korea despite an international embargo.

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