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Duma Sees No Serious Prospects For U.S.-Russia Reset
Interfax - 1.29.12 - JRL 2012-16

MOSCOW. Jan 29 (Interfax) - The unresolved missile-defense issue and the United States' desire to influence on Russia's domestic policy are not having the best effect on the fate of our reset, said Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma International Committee. "In my view, there are no serious prospects for the reset," he said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper published on Friday.

"Although Moscow stresses its readiness for talks, Washington has already replied that the Russian position will have no effect on the devised plans to deploy a U.S. missile shield in Europe," the deputy said.

The U.S. desire to influence on the internal political processes within Russia are not helping the situation either, Pushkov said.

"I am referring to the policy dubbed 'dual track engagement' by new U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul. On the one hand, the U.S. ambassador says he will be working to improve relations with the Russian state in order to restore the reset, and on the other, he intends to hold a dialog with the public," Pushkov said.

This dialog is taking the form of support for the opposition, primarily, its radical part, the parliamentarian said. "Such a policy, in my view, is incompatible with restoration of trustworthy relations. I would like to hope that Washington realizes that," Pushkov said.

He also commented on possible arrival of the Republicans to the White House.

"First of all, today prospects for the Republicans coming to power are not very high. The candidates participating in the presidential race have not looked very convincingly," the Committee chairman said.

Nevertheless, if the Republicans win, it will happen "not because they are strong, but because Obama will be weak at the time of the election," he said.

The Republicans' manifesto raises "serious fears," the Duma member said. "The Republicans want to go back to George Bush's foreign- policy credo, although with no one openly referring to Bush," the official said. This shows the Republicans' failure to understand that the world has changed dramatically and the U.S. can no longer act in a way as if it lives in a unipolar world, Pushkov said.

America has noticeably weakened, whereas other countries have much strengthened, but "the Republicans either do not understand it or are deliberately playing on the "hurrah-patriotic" sentiments of the Republican electorate and, based on these sentiments, are hoping to get into the White House," Pushkov said.

"This is why the Republican prospect appears to me fairly gloomy, including from the U.S.-Russian relationship perspective," the Duma committee chairman said.

Keywords: Russia, U.S.-Russian Relations - Russia News - Russia

 

MOSCOW. Jan 29 (Interfax) - The unresolved missile-defense issue and the United States' desire to influence on Russia's domestic policy are not having the best effect on the fate of our reset, said Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma International Committee.

"In my view, there are no serious prospects for the reset," he said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta newspaper published on Friday.

"Although Moscow stresses its readiness for talks, Washington has already replied that the Russian position will have no effect on the devised plans to deploy a U.S. missile shield in Europe," the deputy said.

The U.S. desire to influence on the internal political processes within Russia are not helping the situation either, Pushkov said.

"I am referring to the policy dubbed 'dual track engagement' by new U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul. On the one hand, the U.S. ambassador says he will be working to improve relations with the Russian state in order to restore the reset, and on the other, he intends to hold a dialog with the public," Pushkov said.

This dialog is taking the form of support for the opposition, primarily, its radical part, the parliamentarian said. "Such a policy, in my view, is incompatible with restoration of trustworthy relations. I would like to hope that Washington realizes that," Pushkov said.

He also commented on possible arrival of the Republicans to the White House.

"First of all, today prospects for the Republicans coming to power are not very high. The candidates participating in the presidential race have not looked very convincingly," the Committee chairman said.

Nevertheless, if the Republicans win, it will happen "not because they are strong, but because Obama will be weak at the time of the election," he said.

The Republicans' manifesto raises "serious fears," the Duma member said. "The Republicans want to go back to George Bush's foreign- policy credo, although with no one openly referring to Bush," the official said. This shows the Republicans' failure to understand that the world has changed dramatically and the U.S. can no longer act in a way as if it lives in a unipolar world, Pushkov said.

America has noticeably weakened, whereas other countries have much strengthened, but "the Republicans either do not understand it or are deliberately playing on the "hurrah-patriotic" sentiments of the Republican electorate and, based on these sentiments, are hoping to get into the White House," Pushkov said.

"This is why the Republican prospect appears to me fairly gloomy, including from the U.S.-Russian relationship perspective," the Duma committee chairman said.

Keywords: Russia, U.S.-Russian Relations - Russia News - Russia