Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak said in an interview with TASS about his work in this position and that prevents the establishment of relations between Moscow and Washington.
According to him, work with the administration of the President of the United States Donald trump is “not easy” due to internal political confrontation in the United States. “Sometimes I marvel at the ease with which the American political class are willing to sacrifice the normality in our relations”, — said the Ambassador.
The daily efforts of the Russian diplomats in the United States is the biggest obstacle “poisoned atmosphere” in which to work, said Kislyak.
According to him, despite claims by trump that he is interested in improving relations with Moscow, “in real life” US policy inherent in “powerful” political inertia. “In many specific cases while seeing the continuation of the line, inherited from the last administration,” said the Ambassador.
Therefore, rapid normalization count is difficult, said the diplomat. However, the potential for “positive reversals” is, sure Kislyak, and identify areas of development for cooperation between the two countries will help the upcoming meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald trump.
Sergey Kislyak — Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to the United States since 2008. Prior to his appointment to Washington he held the post of Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs (2003-2008), the Ambassador of Russia in Belgium and concurrently permanent representative of the Russian Federation to NATO.
On the background of the internal conflict in the U.S. caused by the election of the President of the United States Donald trump and the investigation of the “intervention” of Moscow in the election campaign of 2016, Kislyak got the attention of the American media over his meetings with advisers of the future President. In particular, the Ambassador was at the center of the scandal that led to the resignation of the Advisor to Donald trump on national security Michael Flynn. Flynn resigned on February 14. According to the official version of the White house, he withheld information about his contacts.
Moscow has repeatedly rejected accusations of Washington’s interference in the internal Affairs of States. In addition, the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and the official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova pointed out that the work of a diplomat is to “meet people” and hold talks on various topics.
In late June, “Interfax” with reference to an informed source said that Sergey Kislyak in July will return to Moscow. The Ambassador in his interview to TASS also confirmed that after the completion of his mission in Washington will return to Moscow. According to the newspaper “Kommersant”, Moscow considered the candidacy Kislyak to head new UN body that will engage in the fight against terrorism. In status this position will be equated to the Deputy Secretary General of the organization.
Later, however, the position of the head of the UN Office for combating terrorism has been Russia’s permanent representative to the international organizations in Vienna Vladimir Voronkov.
Answering the question TASS correspondent about the impact of the scandal with Flynn on this assignment, Kislyak said that he believes that “behind-the-scenes maneuvers” in the choice of candidates was not, and the UN Secretary General, antónio Guterres, “make good choices” by assigning Voronkova.