20 Mar 2018 14:49

Kremlin regrets U.S. 'maniacal desire' to make Russia pay for something - Peskov

MOSCOW. March 20 (Interfax) - The Kremlin regrets the United States' "maniacal desire to make Russia pay for something," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

Moscow always pays its bills but is not going to pay someone else's, he said.

"Of course, we may yet again express our regret about these maniacal desires to make Russia pay for something again and again, which we've seen on various levels from across the ocean with unfailing regularity. Russia has always paid and is paying its bills, but it's not going to pay someone else's bills," Peskov told journalists on Tuesday in commenting on reports that the U.S. intends to discuss with Riyadh how to make Russia pay for its actions in Syria and its support for Iran.

At the same time, Moscow is not concerned about a Saudi prince's visit to the U.S., he said.

"The Saudi prince's visit to Washington is an issue of Saudi-U.S. bilateral relations. We respect third countries' relations between themselves. On the other hand, we give priority to building and developing our friendly relations with Riyadh," Peskov said.

Russia attaches special significance to the implementation of agreements reached during the Saudi king's recent visit to Russia, he said.

"We highly value these results. And certainly, at the current time we proceed from the premise that both Riyadh and Moscow have the political will and intention to do as much as they can to implement all these agreements and develop our relations on a mutually beneficial basis. All the rest is not our business," Peskov said.