Lavrov denies the existence of the “iron curtain” in relations with the...

Lavrov denies the existence of the “iron curtain” in relations with the United States


Лавров отрицает наличие «железного занавеса» в отношениях с США

However, the Russian foreign Minister argues that “Russophobic hysteria” in the United States gained the “paranoid character”

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov expressed confidence that Russia and the United States is not the “iron curtain”, and stressed that despite the difficulties, the contacts between the two countries continues.

“I do not think, however, that the term “iron curtain” applies to Russian-American relations at the present stage”,– he said in an interview with Russian news Agency RIA.

According to Lavrov, contacts between the presidents of Russia and the USA in recent times are “quite intensive” and, as a rule, they are not limited to one subject, and cover a wide range of bilateral and international issues.

Lavrov also stressed that he and U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson regularly discuss key issues of Russian-American agenda, and most relevant of them separately conducted expert consultations at the working level.

However, the Minister acknowledged that the timing of the next personal meeting Donald trump, and Vladimir Putin has not been discussed.

At the same time Laurel noted that relations between the two countries there are many problems, as of old, and recent or, in his words, “artificially created”.

“Chief among them – Russophobic hysteria that swept through the Washington political establishment and have become, without exaggeration, paranoid in nature, – said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry. It does not move forward on important for our countries areas, provoking additional tension on the world stage”.

Lavrov believes that the US can talk about “another fit of McCarthyism,” but expressed confidence that “in the current situation will come up, and him and the recovery.”

The number of unfriendly actions by the U.S. Lavrov attributed the adoption of the law on new sanctions, the situation with the Russian diplomatic property in the U.S., the pressure on the Russian diplomats from the FBI and creating difficulties for the Russian media.