Stars and Stripes stripes.com 23 Dec, 2020 19:30 am

Russia sees nothing good from 'hostile' US under Biden

Russia sees nothing good from 'hostile' US under Biden
Russia expects nothing good in relations with a "deeply hostile" U.S. under the incoming administration of Joe Biden and has no plans to make unilateral concessions to improve ties, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

under the incoming administration of Joe Biden and has no plans to make unilateral concessions to improve ties, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said."We are heading from bad to worse," Ryabkov said in an interview with the Interfax news service published Wednesday, which he later confirmed in a message." Moscow hasn't initiated any contacts with Biden's transition team "and we are not going to do this," said Ryabkov, who oversees Russia-U.With the Biden adminstration, Russia may adopt an approach of engaging only in "selective dialogue" in areas of mutual interest, Ryabkov said.

"We definitely don't expect anything good," Ryabkov said.Russia's hopes for a transformation of ties when Trump was elected in 2016 were sunk by the scandal that erupted over contacts between his transition team and Russian officials before the president took office.

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