The Russian Foreign Ministry renewed holding the United States responsible for the state of affairs, but at the same time stressed that a return to the principle of “peaceful coexistence” is possible.
“We are ready for a dialogue based on mutual respect if the United States is ready for this,” Alexander Darshiev, director of the North American Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with the Russian “Interfax” agency. Perhaps it would be good to remember the forgotten principle that worked during the Cold War, It is the principle of peaceful coexistence, despite our differences in values and goals.”
Meanwhile, Darshiev said that by its actions the United States had brought relations with Russia to a “point of no return.”
And it was Washington, with its hostile actions and arrogant disregard for Russia’s demand for legally binding security guarantees, including non-expansion of NATO, refusal to deploy offensive forces near our borders and a return to the alliance’s military presence in 1997, that drove the relationship. The Russian-American is really at the point of no return.”
“It seems that Washington will need some time to get used to the fact that its hegemony is a thing of the past, and that it has to take into account the national interests of Russia, which has its sphere of influence and responsibility,” he added.