Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov. Mikhail Voskresensky
MOSCOW, October 10 — Moscow believes the West is not a friend, and enemy, said Russian Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“We do not believe that the West in the broad sense of the word… they are our friends. Rather, we regard the West as the enemy, which serves to undermine the position of Russia, the prospects for normal development of Russia”, — he said in an interview published in the Financial Times.
According to him, the situation in the relations, in particular Russia and the US is now “much, much worse than even the most hot, rather cold moments in the past.”
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine, where in 2014 there was a coup, and around the Crimea, which reunited with Russia after the referendum held there. Western countries have accused Russia of meddling in the Affairs of Ukraine and have imposed sanctions. Moscow retaliated, repeatedly denied the charges and claimed to talk to her in the language of sanctions is counterproductive.
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