Senior diplomat: US may be removed from list of unfriendly states if its policy changes

Senior diplomat: US may be removed from list of unfriendly states if its policy changes
# 18 May 2021 16:27 (UTC +04:00)

Russia may consider removing the US from the list of unfriendly states, should Washington change its policy towards Moscow for the better, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview Tuesday, APA reports citing TASS.

"If anything in contents of the US policy in the Russian direction changes for the better, then we may consider removing the restrictions. The government of the Russian Federation can decide on amending the list under serious grounds," Ryabkov said, answering a question.

The senior diplomat noted that Moscow hears Washington’s signals and correct words about the importance of stable and predictable relations and building a pragmatic dialogue.

"All this coincides with our approach. We have no more illusions about the relations with the US and that, of course, there can be no discussion of the ‘reset 2.0’ right now," he added.

Ryabkov noted that he is uncertain whether exclusion from the list of unfriendly countries means anything to the US.

"So far, we have received no requests to remove the US from the list of states engaging in hostile actions," he explained. "One way or another, the removal from this list depends on the behavior of authorities of another state and their readiness to take practical steps."

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