VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) – Moscow used to show strategic patience regarding Washington’s actions for a long time, but the relations between the United States and Russia have dramatically changed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
“To my mind, this is a fact. Frankly, we have been showing what in the United States is called the ‘strategic patience’ for a very long time, as the unilateral deterioration of the relations on the US part started long before the Ukrainian [crisis],” Lavrov said, commenting on the drastic changes in the relations between Moscow and Washington.
In 2014, relations between Russia and the West deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Brussels, Washington and their allies imposed several rounds of sanctions on Russia over Crimea's secession from Ukraine and Moscow's alleged meddling in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia has repeatedly refuted the accusations, and warned that the sanctions are counterproductive and undermine regional and global stability.
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