Russia's tough position on the US and British actions in Iraq does not mean its relations with these countries will break off, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov disclosed on Wednesday. "By criticising heavily Washington and London's actions in Iraq, Russia does not intend and will not disrupt its relations with these countries," he said while addressing the Parliament. In this regard, the US visit by Vice-Premier, Russian Minister of Agriculture Aleksei Gordeyev due in May will certainly take place, Ivanov said.
"If some disagreements impact on trade relations Russia will hardly suffer less losses than its partners," the Russian foreign minister stressed.
Moscow does not intend to keep Russo-American relations in direct connection with the Iraqi issue, Ivanov noted. "A priority today is to avoid confrontation," the minister said. According to him, confrontation will not meet Russian interests, for the country is interested "in constructive interaction and cooperation with its partners and the USA as well." The war, which is today raging in Iraq and the Middle East, must not be transformed into other wars, such as economic, informational, etc, the Russian foreign minister stressed.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part