“During the conflict in Georgia the Americans were openly airlifting Georgian troops from Iraq right to the frontlines and were moving their warships into the Black Sea bringing them within the range of a direct missile hit by our ships… We have a similar situation in Crimea and Ukraine and we are now engaged in a parallel operation in Syria,” Fenenko noted.
Fenenko explained this by the lack of a positive agenda in bilateral relations.
“Arms control accounts for 80% of this agenda. We are not talking about what we can really do together,” he added.
US and Canada Institute’s deputy director Valery Garbuzov said that fighting international terrorism could have helped bring Russia and the US closer together, but neither side seems ready for this, at least now.
“Radical Islam is a huge threat but we still have no pertinent agenda for de-escalation and we will hardly have one in the coming years,” Valery Garbuzov said.