Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he does not expect any change in relations with the United States with the arrival of Joe Biden as President of the United States in January 2021, against the backdrop of increased bilateral tensions.
“Regarding the issue of the change at the head of the United States and that it may become more difficult for us, I do not believe it, I think it will be as usual,” he said at a meeting with Russian officials, calling for further development of Russia’s economic and military capabilities to cope with “difficulties and threats”.
Earlier Wednesday, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for relations with Washington, Sergei Riabkov, said he did not expect “nothing good” from the future U.S. President, believing that many in his entourage “have made their careers on russophobia, pouring bile on my country.
The future administration of Joe Biden has been qualified as “russophobic” by Moscow after combative comments from the future tenant of the White House.
Joe Biden will take the reins of power in the United States at a time when relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, with persistent disagreements over a growing number of issues, accusations of electoral interference, espionage and, more recently, cyber attacks.
After the United States introduced new sanctions against Russian and Chinese companies, including those related to defense and intelligence, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov promised on Wednesday that Moscow would respond to the move, which he said was an attempt “to weaken competitors in global markets.
Lavrov stressed: “Regarding the issue of new U.S. sanctions imposed on Russian and Chinese individuals and companies, we are not surprised that the United States has long adopted a hostile policy towards our country. And of course, the answer will follow, and not only with regard to symmetry, but we will draw additional conclusions that will affect the whole Russian-American relations. »
According to the head of Russian diplomacy, the new U.S. sanctions against Russian companies are an attempt “to weaken competitors on world markets in order to introduce methods of unfair competition,” contrary to the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Washington as a business partner has proven its unreliability, the Russian minister stressed.
“All this will be taken into account both in the specific situations related to establishing business with the United States, which has demonstrated its total versatility as a partner, so as to take it into account more widely,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a list of 103 companies from Russia and China related to the defense sector. The entities in question, as well as the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, will be subject to export restrictions.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent