The relations between Russia and the United States are at their lowest ebb since the Cold War, Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, February 28. But he hoped they could improve under US President Donald Trump. This was reported by Reuters.
Russia will analyse Trump's first address to Congress later on Tuesday for signals of any change in the US stance, Sergei Ryabkov told parliament in Moscow.
"It will be important to analyze those signals and approaches which will be a part of Trump's first appearance as the head of a superpower," the RIA news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying.
"It would be desirable to believe that changes in Washington will create a window of opportunity for an improvement of a dialogue between our countries."
In Washington, Trump's opponents accuse him of getting too close to Moscow. A US congressional committee is investigating contacts between Trump's election campaign and Russia to see if there were any inappropriate communications.
Relations between the two nuclear powers are strained over a number of issues, including Ukraine, the war in Syria, and relations with Iran
Russia had not discussed with Washington the sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea, but it would be easier for to work with the United States on the Syria crisis if they were lifted, according to Ryabkov.
"We did not discuss and we do not discuss criteria for the lifting of sanctions. Restrictions in a number of areas are of course affecting us, but no more than the damage they cause to American exports," Ryabkov said.
Earlier it was reported that FBI refused to knock down reports linking Russia and Trump. The White House violated decade-old restrictions on direct communication with FBI by requesting this.