On Thursday, US President Donald Trump came with a fresh statement on the US-Russian relations.
Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2017
Just on Wednesday, Trump made a contrary statement on the same issue:
“We’re not getting along with Russia at all,” the US president said, adding “we may be at an all-time low.”
Trump’s statement followed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov and then with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, the rhetorics of Lavrov and Tillerson at a press conference after the Wednesday talks showed that the sides had made some efforts to harmonize their points of view on the Syrian crisis despite the remained contradictions.
It’s unclear either Moscow provided some evidence of the innocence of the Assad government in the Idlib chemical weapons attack or facts depicting the destructive role of the so-called UK diplomacy (which now represents the global elites) in destabilizing the situation in the Middle East and around the world in general. However, most likely some kind of this was done by the Russian side.
It’s also important to note that Lavrov emphasized that some players are very interesting in damading the US-Russia relations.
Question: Did you discuss the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential elections? How do Russia’s actions in cyberspace differ from those of the United States? We know from US media reports that the Iranian nuclear programme was derailed with the help of US-created Stuxnet virus. Right now, the United States is using the same methods and its cyberweapons in order to stop the North Korean missile programme.
Sergey Lavrov (speaking after Rex Tillerson): We have a stake in close cooperation in fighting cybercrime. You may have heard us speaking about that on numerous occasions. In October 2015, one and a half year ago, given the Obama administration’s concern over the actions of so-called Russian hackers, whom they began to chase all over the world and illegally, without activating the legal procedures existing between Moscow and Washington, brought them to the United States, where they faced court prosecution, we proposed that [the Russian Government] and the Obama administration start cooperation, encourage competent authorities to hold special contacts, and create a bilateral mechanism that would exchange online information on who, how and when is trying to breach the existing international and national laws applicable in Russia or the United States. We said as early as then that we were not interested in our citizens committing cybercrimes. The Obama administration turned down our proposal by giving no response at all. But last November, before the very end of their cadence, they said a meeting could be held after all. As is natural, our colleagues in the relevant sphere agreed right away but at the eleventh hour the Obama administration changed its mind. In all evidence, they were busy doing as much damage to Russian-US relations as possible before the new administration took office.
Today we said that, in fact, our interest is not only alive but actually is as urgent as ever. We offered to resume contacts between special representatives of the Russian President and the US administration and between the relevant agencies. We could only welcome these contacts. We felt that this time these efforts would result in the creation of a certain channel.
An even more definite statement was made by the Russian deputy envoy to the United Nations Vladimir Safronkov during the UN Security Council meeting on April 12. He directly accused the British side of deliberately undermining Russian-American relations.