The Russian Ambassador to the United States called on US colleagues on Wednesday to restore dialogue between the nations’ security councils and legislatures. “We suggest our American counterparts resume a functional dialogue between our security councils, defense agencies, intelligence services, members of our parliaments”, Anatoly Antonov said in San Francisco, California. “It is clear that the Russian and the United States interest intertwine when it comes to the fight against global terrorism”, Anatoly Antonov noted. “The expulsion of Russian diplomats, seizure, and search of our diplomatic property, the removal of state flags of the Russian Federation, infringement of rights of the Russian media — all these actions are destroying the foundation of the Russian-American cooperation”, he said. The ambassador noted, however, that Russian and US presidents seek to develop relations between their countries based on the balance of interests.
Russia’s new Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with the Russian television he is focused on development of the Russian-U.S. relations and considers it necessary to stabilize them. “I believe, counterparts from the Department of State, the National Security Council, Pentagon, those who remained from Barack Obama, have not ruined completely the Russian-American relations”, he said, adding the existing cooperation with the U.S. under programs of the Ministry of Culture, in the spheres of fishery, industries, space development “add to certain optimism and the opportunity to hold on to something to develop those relations”. “I am focused on progress of the kind”, the ambassador added. Russia is interested in development of relations with the U.S. as much as it is, he continued, but at the first stage it would be necessary to attempt stabilizing the relations, “trying not to allow further slide towards a crisis in the relations”. “As of today, the most important is not to allow further sanctions spins”, he said. “I hope the U.S. counterparts do not follow this route”. It is necessary to be talking to the U.S. despite the problems in bilateral relations, he continued. “My opinion is talking with this America it is not only possible but necessary”, the ambassador said. “No matter, how complicated the time is, talking is necessary”. “It is rather diplomats sit by the negotiations table than the military watch each other though rifle scopes”, he said. “We had to experience such a period, and we shall calmly and professionally solve the tasks emerging from the Russophobia policies, inherited from Obama’s Administration”.