Russia feels that there is no positive dynamic in its relationship with the U.S., as stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia.
“I would not say that the relationship is in a greater crisis than it was at the time that Barack Obama left office. But really, it is very difficult to improve the relationship. By and large, we have not achieved the necessary dynamic to improve it,” he said.
The reason for this, according to Ryabkov, is that “influential circles” in the United States cannot accept Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election and “use the issue of relations with Moscow for internal political struggle.”
“They are trying to limit the possibilities for the new administration to establish better relations with Russia and are trying to make it difficult for it to advance its agenda in the domestic political field, which differs in many respects from those of Trump’s opponents with regard to the direction in which America is going and how it should get there,” he said.