30 Jan 2018 18:11

U.S. 'Kremlin report', sanctions reflect Washington's consistent line to contain Russia - ex-Ambassador Kislyak

MOSCOW. Jan 30 (Interfax) - The United States' "Kremlin report" and sanctions reflect Washington's consistent policy of containing Russia, first deputy head of the Russian Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee and former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak said.

"What is being done today, including the sanctions and those Kremlin reports which are causing us so many emotions today - all of this reflects the U.S.' quite consistent policy of containing Russia," Kislyak said at a Stolypin Club meeting at the Federation Council on Tuesday.

Russia-U.S. relations are currently at their lowest point since the Cold War, but they have not returned to the level of the Cold War era, he said.

"There is no ideological confrontation and there is no confrontation between extremely worked-up armies standing on the separating line," he said.

However, "the absence of predictability" is a serious and dangerous factor in the current situation, he said.

"What is going on now is simply astounding," he said.