Russian envoy: Russia-US relations unlikely to improve, as long Donald Trump stays president

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Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has on Tuesday said, the relations between Russia-United States are “practically non-existent” with a little prospect of the improvement while Donald Trump is US president.

Nebenzia said the current Russia and US relations was not only bad for Washington or Moscow but also bad for rest of the world.

According to news reports, Nebenzia suggested this because as Russia was being accused of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, Russia had become a major issue into the US politics. Nebenzia said he could not think of better relations while Trump remained the US president.

In an interview, Nebenzia said: “Given the vulnerabilities that drift around this administration, I don’t see too bright prospects for improving [relations] any time soon.” He said Trump “understands pretty well that it’s better to cooperate”.

Over Trump’s decision to pull out its troops from Syria, Nebenzia said, “It will be helpful and conducive to the eventual Syrian settlement.”

Nebenzia said he did not believe that Washington was retreating. He said, “It’s that the balance of power in the world is changing,” adding that “we definitely witness the rise in a multi-polar world” where other few centers of power, besides China and Russia but Africa, India and Brazil “all want to be a part of the world governance and they want their voice to be heard and their interests taken into account”.

Nebenzia said he was much concerned about of a roll-back to the year 2017 era of increased missile and nuclear tests and escalation rhetoric. He said, “I think that the US hopefully is starting to understand that the situation may go [back].”

Nebenzia asked: “I’m worried if anybody wants to go to war with Iran, and that is the enigma and the question – what the strategy about Iran is?”


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