"We would like to have our relationship with the United States be as advanced as possible,” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, has stressed in an interview with a US magazine, and added that Russia is expecting "a reciprocal attitude” from Obama’s administration.
"We would like to ensure that the relationship is a genuine relationship of strategic importance, of global importance. We attach very great importance to this relationship,” Peskov said during an interview with the National Interest, published on the magazine’s site yesterday.
"Unfortunately the flow of our bilateral relationship, the flow of some steps from Washington, it shows a kind of an attitude that unfortunately cannot be treated in Moscow as a "reset” mood,” he emphasized.
At the same time the Russian official noted that "the resent cannot be endless”, and that "the word "reset” should be retired because the relationship has moved in a new direction”.
"Russia has zero tolerance towards laws like [the] Magnitsky [Act],” Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, has said in an interview with the National Interest, a US magazine on foreign policy issues and more.
"The fact that that the Magnitsky law was adopted was a trigger for Russian parliament members,” Peskov said.
On December 28, 2012 the Dima Yakovlev bill, imposing a ban on US adoptions of Russian orphans, was signed into law by Vladimir Putin, which came in as a response to the Magnitsky Act, signed by President Barack Obama two weeks earlier.
Peskov noted that the Magnitsky case was "an artificially politicized issue”.
"It is inappropriate to use an artificially politicized issue to interfere in domestic affairs. To raise the fear that does not exist in reality. This is a subject of zero tolerance for us,” he concluded.
The so-called Magnitsky Act was signed by President Obama on December 14, 2012. It has imposed a ban on entry to the US for a number of high-raking Russia’s officials, who allegedly have to do with the death of Russian financier Sergey Magnitsky.