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Putin Warns of Deteriorating U.S.-Russia Relations

June 13, 2019 (EIRNS)—During his interview today, before departing to attend major summits in Bishkek and Dushanbe, Russian President Vladimir spoke with Radik Batyrshin, President and Editor-in-chief of Mir Interstate Television and Radio Co., that Russia and China

“truly are strategic partners in every sense of the word.... Unfortunately, we cannot say anything of the kind about our relations with the U.S.—they are in fact deteriorating, getting worse by the hour. In recent years, the current U.S. administration has already taken several dozen decisions on sanctions with regard to Russia, I think,”

according to the translated transcript on the Kremlin website. He also expressed hope that the G20 Summit will bring about some constructive solutions.

“We strongly hope that common sense will triumph in the end. I hope that with all our partners, including our American partners, the United States, we will be able to work out some constructive solutions during the upcoming G20 meeting, creating the necessary stable conditions for economic cooperation.”

Despite those difficulties, Russia is cooperating with the U.S. in Afghanistan, Putin told Batyrshin. He said:

“We areclosely monitoring the developments in Afghanistan. I would like to say that we are energetically and, I believe, effectively collaborating on this issue with many countries, including the United States, which is running an operation and is responsible for the situation in Afghanistan.”

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