U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said the lack of U.S. intentions to begin relations with Russia with a clean slate. He said this in the program Meet The Press on NBC on Sunday, may 14.
According to Tillerson, the term “reset” is used too often. “It is important to understand that we are not trying to start with a clean slate, he said. — Restart is not possible. You can’t just erase the past. We are starting from where are now.”
Tillerson pointed out that relations with Russia are “at the lowest level since the end of the cold war”, and between countries remains extremely low level of confidence. “I think the situation is regarded as unhealthy for the entire world,” he said, adding that such a situation also had a negative impact on Americans and US interests.
The Secretary of state said that Moscow and Washington have a number of important issues that need to be addressed. According to him, one of them is Russia’s intervention in the U.S. presidential election. “I think it was well documented, and we understand very well the nature of this intervention here and elsewhere,” said Tillerson.
10 may took place the meeting of Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov with the President of the United States Donald trump. At the White house on its results, said the head of state expressed his intention to improve relations with Moscow. Lavrov, in turn, called the staff of administration trump to business people.
A day earlier, the Russian foreign Ministry said that normalization of Russian-us relations need to be addressed a number of critical stimuli created by the previous administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Washington believes that Russia is responsible for a series of cyber attacks against American political organizations, committed during the electoral campaign in the United States in the fall of 2016. January 6 was published declassified version of the report on this subject prepared by the CIA, FBI and NSA. Moscow consistently denies the charges.
On December 29 last year, Obama announced the introduction of new restrictive measures against Russia.