Moscow, Dec 25 IANS | 7 months ago

Relations between Russia and the US did not make progress in 2013, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey A. Ryabkov said Wednesday.


"We lack a desirable advance. In effect, there's no advance at all," Xinhua quoted Ryabkov as telling the Voice of Russia radio.

The NATO anti-missile defence issue, the furore surrounding former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Russian diplomats accused over fraud scandals in the US and sanctions imposed on some Russian citizens - all affected the bilateral relationship, Ryabkov said.

Despite some progress over Syria and Iran, the overall balance in the Russia-US relations had not been positive, the official said, describing their ties as stagnant.

Moscow had tried not to aggravate the conflicts and had demonstrated a "balanced reaction", he said.

Ryabkov also lamented that US politicians kept stereotyping Russia, with the White House remaining deaf to Russian interests and the Russian approach to human rights issues.

(Posted on 25-12-2013)