The cooling of relations between Moscow and Washington does not mean that the countries have been cooperating on counterterrorism in vain for years, Sputnik reports with reference to the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.
“Over the 20 years that have passed since the 9/11 events, the counterterrorism cooperation between the Russian Federation and the United States has been developing with varying degrees of intensity, and the current cooling of our relations does not mean that these two decades have passed in vain and to no avail,” Syromolotov said.
It is noted that Moscow has repeatedly emphasised that the 2018-2019 dialogue between Russian and US foreign affairs agencies was quite productive and had every chance to become an “all-weather” one. However, according to the diplomat, it was terminated unilaterally at Washington’s initiative under far-fetched pretexts, “which hardly served anyone well”.
“Although the political dialogue is now frozen, counterterrorism cooperation with the United States is objectively necessary, as it is in line with our national interests and tasks of maintaining international peace and security,” Syromolotov noted.
Anyway, the diplomat stated that Russia should not need such cooperation more than its partners from across the ocean. As, according to him, the US disregard for international law manifested its unlawful interference and violation of the territorial integrity of Iraq, Libya, and Syria and to a certain extent led to the emergence of the most dangerous terrorist organisations in these countries.