The huntsman: Russia and USA need to discuss on the basis of shared values

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka USA in Russia John huntsman. Archival photoThe huntsman: Russia and USA need to discuss on the basis of shared values© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Russia and the United States should lead the discussion based on the values that unite the peoples of both countries, this dialogue should involve representatives of faiths, said US Ambassador to Russia John huntsman.

«We have a lot in common — our people and our societies. Two great civilizations, and through culture, art, literature, we have contributed to the development of all countries,» said the huntsman at the meeting with Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.

The huntsman said that the world’s complex issues remain unresolved. «You mentioned the question of globalization. We do live in a world where there is constant access to information, children from an early age use iPhones and iPads and can explore the world and explore the events in it yourself. And they are in this age, when I and could not conceive,» said the American diplomat.

He shared that he became a father to seven children, including two adopted children from China and India. «And I have to say both my daughters — put down your phone, look me in the eyes and let’s talk about what is on your heart. And I think that this happens everywhere,» said huntsman.

«Perhaps this can be attributed to U.S.-Russian relations — how can we better understand each other? In addition, what we see on TV, read the headlines, how can we understand each other outside of politics? We have differences, but how can we better understand the aspirations of each other and see what unites us?» he said.

According to Huntsman, «the level of trust in politicians is now very low, as the representatives, and the level of confidence to the priests remains high.» «We really need to debate, which is based on the values that unite us. Together with the representatives of the churches to engage in dialogue», — concluded the diplomat.