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17 march

Russian Embassy comment with regard to the invitation of Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to Moscow for consultations

On March 20, Ambassador of Russia to the United States Anatoly Antonov is leaving for Moscow for consultations. During his meetings in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other agencies, it is planned to discuss ways to rectify Russia-U.S. ties that are in crisis.
The current situation is a result of the deliberate policy of Washington that during the past years was making steps to bring — in essence, intentionally — our bilateral interaction into a deadlock. The unconstructive course of the Administration towards our country does not meet the interests of Russia and the United States, while certain ill-considered statements of high-ranking U.S. officials have put the already excessively confrontational relations under the threat of collapse at all.
We stand for dialogue between the two UN Security Council permanent members bearing particular responsibility for international peace and security. We assume that good and pragmatic ties between Russia and the United States meet the aspirations of our countries and the entire international community.