By Kamila Aliyeva
Washington-Moscow ties are experiencing another unfavorable period linked to the closure of diplomatic missions and anti-Russian campaign in the United States.
Problems in relations between Russia and the U.S. can be resolved through the joint work.
This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the 14th annual session of the Valdai International Discussions Club held in Sochi.
"We have something to talk about in positive. But I'm talking about what's stopping us. There you have hysteria, we have displeasure, you are tearing down the flags and closing diplomatic missions. Well, what's good? All of this is a result of the accumulated problems. Can we solve them or not? I think we can. Let's work together for this," he said, TASS reported on October 20.
The Russian leader said that an unprecedented anti-Russian campaign was unfolded in the U.S.
"Why are you surprised by my critical attitude to the activities of the U.S. Administration of the past and today, I do not understand," he said.
Someone lost the election to Mr. Trump and the blame was laid on Russia and an anti-Russian hysteria was simply unfolded, according to Putin.
Russian President stressed that he bases his negative assessment not on stereotypes, but solely on facts.
"But this does not mean at all that there was nothing good in our relations in the previous years," he said, and spoke about the support for joining the WTO and interpersonal relations with American leaders.
President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, saying he wanted to improve ties with Russia. Putin also spoke favorably of Trump.
However, the ties have been damaged by accusations from U.S. intelligence officials that Russia interfered in the presidential election. Moscow has denied the accusations.
In late July 2017, following another round of U.S. sanctions against Russia, Moscow ordered the U.S. to reduce the number of its diplomatic and technical staff in Russia to 455 people.
In response, the U.S. embassy in Moscow announced that non-immigrant visas will no longer be issued in the three U.S. consulates across the country, beginning on August 23. As of September 1, the only place Russians can interview for U.S. visas is at the embassy in Moscow.
The U.S. order for Russia to vacate some of its diplomatic properties was the latest in a series of actions that began when former U.S. president Barack Obama, expelled 35 Russian diplomats in late 2016. Two embassy properties were also closed down and seized by American officials.
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