Russia’s President Vladimir Putin expressed regret that bilateral relations between Russia and the US have been experiencing a freeze.
“Unfortunately, our relations have gone into a freeze,” he told the Eastern Economic Forum on Saturday. “I believe, this is not our fault.”
A thaw in relations between Russia and the US is not possible until the latter starts to respect Russia’s national interests, Putin stated:
“It is quite possible to quit unilaterally the anti-missile defense treaty and to develop this system on the plea of the Iranian nuclear threat, and as it ceased its existence – the Iranian nuclear threat – to pretend we all have forgotten everything and to continue developing that system despite anything. And if our counterparts still agree another logics, the logics of respecting mutual interests, of respecting interests of each other, then our relations could change fundamentally,” Putin said.
Putin has also spoken about the period of the 1990s, when Russia began making democratic changes in society and carrying out market reforms.
“Clearly, at that time we laid the cornerstone for developing democracy and a market economy,” he explained. “Despite all the problems and difficulties, I believe that that generation of lawmakers still managed to accomplish the undertaking. And we, of course, hoped that openness would bring about a similar response from our counterparts. However, this did not happen.” he stated.
“They looked into their crystal ball of national interests and made their own decisions. So, how did they see it? Well since the Soviet Union collapsed, it is now time to squeeze Russia.”