Moscow condemns ‘anti-Russian’ drive in US

Updated 03 April 2015
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Moscow condemns ‘anti-Russian’ drive in US

MOSCOW: Russia expressed outrage on Friday over a “frenzied anti-Russian campaign” by US media and political analysts, stepping up a war of words that has intensified during the Ukraine crisis.
Ties between Moscow and Washington have sunk to their lowest level since the Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine, and each side has accused the other of waging an information war.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said “propagandists” working on orders from Washington were producing “Russophobic lampoons, carefully building an image of Russia as an enemy, instilling hatred of anything Russian in ordinary people.”
The West accuses Russia of backing separatists in east Ukraine by providing them with weapons and troops, and Russia says the West plotted the overthrow of a Moscow-backed president in Kiev last year. Each side denies the accusations.
Washington imposed sanctions on Moscow after it annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in March last year and stepped them up after the separatist rebellion began in east Ukraine the following month.
The two nuclear powers and veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council are also at odds over many other international matters and differ on human rights and democracy issues.


Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

Updated 10 min 11 sec ago
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Russia ready to discuss nuclear treaty with China, US

  • An official said that Russia “would like to convince” the US to adopt a joint statement that would condemn any use of nuclear weapons
  • The comments come just months after the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a cornerstone of the post-Cold War security

MOSCOW: A top Russian diplomat says Russia is willing to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty with the United States and China.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Friday Moscow is closely following reports in the United States that the US would like to reach a nuclear weapons deal with both Russia and China, and is “willing” to negotiate. The story was reported by CNN earlier Friday.
Ryabkov also said that Russia “would like to convince” the US to adopt a joint statement that would condemn any use of nuclear weapons.
Ryabkov’s comments come just months after the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a cornerstone of the post-Cold War security, and Russia followed suit. Each claims breaches by the other.