Russian Foreign Ministry says no grounds for compromise with US

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Russian Foreign Ministry says no grounds for compromise with US

A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official says there is no visible grounds for compromise with Washington.

A Russian diplomat said that the US needs to respect Moscow's interests before damaged bilateral relations can be amended.

Aleksandr Darchiev, head of the Foreign Ministry's North American Department, told the Russian news agency TASS on Saturday that we are not seeing grounds for finding compromises with Washington, which is not quite capable of negotiating.

If the American side turns to common sense and Washington starts looking at the changing geopolitical landscape, not with words, but with actions that respect Russian national interests, then a basis for a gradual normalization of bilateral relations will appear, he added.

The US and its allies in NATO imposed sweeping sanctions on Moscow after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February.

The Russian economy tried to tank, but Darchiev argued, as did the attempts to create an international anti-Russian coalition that would be broader than the traditional bond between the US and its vassals. "We are calmly and not going out of our way to seek talks," the diplomat said. It was Washington's decision to suspend further contacts with Moscow since February.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his US counterpart Antony Blinken spoke on the phone in late July, their first conversation since Russia's military campaign began.

The conversation happened around the same time the US Senate passed a non-binding resolution that called for the State Department to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. According to the Kremlin, such a move would only strain relations between the countries.