Kislyak: it's hard to count on quick normalization of Russia-US relations

Kislyak: it's hard to count on quick normalization of Russia-US relations

The domestic political strife which has overtaken the United States has seriously undercut Russian-US relations and work with the Trump administration is unfolding quite uneasily, Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak said.

"Work with Donald Trump’s administration is unfolding uneasily," Kislyak admitted. "The internal political struggle in the United States has dealt a heavy blow to Russian-US relations. Sometimes, you are surprised at the ease with which the American establishment is ready to sacrifice normalcy in our relations," TASS cited the ambassador as saying..

According to the envoy, this is largely due to the strong inertia of both political thinking and Washington's realpolitik.

Asking rhetorically about whether "there is still hope," the Russian ambassador responded in the following way: "It's hard to count on a quick and easy way to normalization: there are too many people who want to hinder its advance. The sanctioning frenzy against our country in the US Congress only confirms that. The new sanctions are another headache."

Nevertheless, the impending meeting between the Russian and US leaders will take place soon, the ambassador noted.

"I hope it will determine in which direction interaction between our countries will further develop," Kislyak stressed. "There are always opportunities for positive turnarounds. What is needed is the resolve not to miss such opportunities. Let's see what the US will do for the meeting".