Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said in the interview with NY Youth Forum on Saturday that Russia is not willing to oppose the US, calling the country for “constructive cooperation”, TASS reported.
“In the local information space, one can often hear that Russia is a dangerous and unpredictable enemy that must be deterred by various means. This approach can hardly be described as a far-seeing one,” he noted. “A focus on diminishing the role of our country in the world is unrealistic and even dangerous.”
“I would like to underline that the Russian foreign policy is not anti-American. All that we want is respect for our interests, a fair and equal dialogue,” the diplomat added.
Antonov pointed out misrepresented information by media, including The New York Times. This outlet wrote on November, 6, the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History at American University “presents too favorable a perspective on Russia.”
“It is unclear that a one-sided approach of this kind will not benefit bilateral relations,” Antonov said. “That is why I think that our joint task is to form an unbiased attitude to our country, an objective view of it among the Americans.”
According to the Russian official, the Russian Embassy in Washington hopes for “building friendly and mutually beneficial Russian-US relations,” from assistance from Russian compatriots.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website