"I do not think that we are witnessing de-escalation", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said upon arrival in Tokyo, where he will take part in a Russian-Japanese Strategic Dialogue.
The diplomat also added that Moscow was ready to discuss the current crisis in relations between Iran and the United States, if Washington was interested in that.
"If it [the United States] shows interest in that, we are ready, of course", Ryabkov said, while also expressing hope that Tehran and Washington would refrain from new strikes.
"We are maintaining permanent contact with the remaining parties to the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal], contact took place, in fact, every day in the first days of the new year", the Russian diplomat added.
The situation has slightly de-escalated since Wednesday, as US President Donald Trump announced plans to target Iran with sanctions, not military force, while Tehran vowed to refrain from further strikes if Washington does not attack the Islamic Republic.