- No hope for enchancment in foreseeable future, says Russia.
- Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has deteriorated ties additional.
- “Previous two years have been very dangerous for bilateral relations,” official says.
Russia stated on Friday that relations with the USA had been at an all-time low, dismissing the thought the 2 sides may flip issues round midway by means of US President Joe Biden’s time period in workplace.
“Bilateral relations are most likely at their lowest level traditionally, sadly,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov instructed reporters. “There is no such thing as a hope for enchancment within the foreseeable future.”
Already poor US-Russia ties grew to become much more strained final 12 months when Russia invaded Ukraine, prompting Washington and its allies to reply with a barrage of sanctions in opposition to Russia’s financial system.
The US has additionally supplied Kyiv with substantial financial and army assist, drawing condemnation from Russian officers who’ve accused Washington of taking part in a direct position within the battle.
Whereas there have been occasional diplomatic successes, together with prisoner swaps involving US Marine veteran Trevor Reed and basketball star Brittney Griner, high-level contact has been scarce.
US-Russia talks on resuming inspections underneath the New Strategic Arms Discount Treaty (START) had been referred to as off on the final minute in November final 12 months, whereas the Kremlin has performed down the thought of face-to-face talks between Biden and President Vladimir Putin – who final met in particular person in Geneva in June 2021.
“The previous two years have been, regardless of preliminary timid hopes associated to Geneva … very dangerous for bilateral relations,” Peskov stated.
The Kremlin has stored open the opportunity of additional talks between Russia’s international spy chief Sergei Naryshkin and US Central Intelligence Company (CIA) Director William Burns, who met in Ankara in November.