“In regard to America: Regardless of the open confrontation from the US administration, regardless of its forced delivery of Russophobia, many non-governmental structures in Russia and the United States alike still have interest in cooperation, and we support this actively,” Lavrov said.
Russian-US relations began to deteriorate drastically when the region of Crimea decided to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia through a referendum in March 2014. Washington accused Moscow of "annexing" the region.
Washington, alongside the European Union and a number of other countries, imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow targeting Russia's banking, energy and defense sectors, as well as a list of certain individuals.
In the West, 'anti-racism' is now a PC parody of itself, but Russophobia is the one officially sanctioned form of discrimination. @VeraDubs— Nina Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) 8 апреля 2015
Russia has repeatedly stressed that it is not involved in the Ukrainian conflict and urged for a peaceful resolution of the crisis through reconciliation talks. Moscow also believes that the US-led NATO incursion in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states poses a threat to Russia's security at its western borders.