Relations with the US «falling into a pit from which not to leave,» said Zakharov

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fatabonapicallo the representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova. Archival photoRelations with the US «falling into a pit from which not to leave,» said Zakharov© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Relations between Moscow and Washington falling into a pit from which not to leave, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

«Must prevail even over reason, not emotions, not feelings. You just need to understand that we are slipping into some kind of just a pit from which not to leave,» she said in an interview with TV channel «Rain».

At the same time the representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation expressed the view that the US position against Russia in the near future is unlikely to change.

«Fit the second wave of this electoral cycle within the United States leaves the opportunity to predict some softening of the rhetoric towards Russia», — she noted.

The representative of the Russian foreign Ministry also described as «verging on insanity» the US line on sanctions against Russia. «This is a road to nowhere. And if the Americans hit on this road by leaps and bounds, we just don’t have time to keep up with it sometimes reaching to the insanity of sanctions is present, we sometimes allow time to somehow solve it through negotiations, forced to react», — said Zakharov.

Relations between Russia and the USA in recent times is seriously complicated. The administration of President Barack Obama at the end of December 2016, passed a package of anti-Russian sanctions because of alleged «interference in election» and «pressure on American diplomats» working in Russia. Among other things, the United States has closed access to the two residential complexes, the so — called suburban «summer cottages» Russia’s permanent mission in new York and the Russian Embassy in Washington, which is the Russian diplomatic property.

In the summer Moscow has ordered to reduce the U.S. diplomatic mission in Russia to 755 to 455 employees. Thus, Moscow has equated the number of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, the number of employed in the Russian diplomatic mission in the United States.

After that, the U.S. has suspended the procedure for issuing non-immigrant visas across all Russia, from September 1 this procedure resumes, but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Washington explained the innovations to the reduced number of staff of the diplomatic mission in Russia. Early American visa issued Consulate in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.Relations with the US «falling into a pit from which not to leave,» said Zakharov© RIA Novosti, Infografiken sanctions against Russia and retaliatory measures