‘Russia ridicules U.S. moves to stop bilateral cooperation’ – Doing yoga and chilling out recommended to US pols [Xinhua]
MOSCOW, April 3 (Xinhua) — Moscow on Thursday ridiculed recent U.S. moves to sharply reduce cooperation with Russia, saying Washington’s decisions harm the United States more than Russia.
“In an attempt to demonstrate its opposition to the free demonstration of will by Crimean population and decisions taken (by Russia) in that connection, Washington cuts off contacts even where the dialogue benefits the United States,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement published on the ministry’s website.
In mid-March, Ukraine’s Republic of Crimea held a referendum followed by the region’s accession to Russia. Ukraine and the West do not recognize the results of the landslide vote.
The diplomat described as “ridiculous” the U.S. choice to cancel, among others, meetings of meteorologists, to freeze cooperation between the U.S. and Russian space agencies. He called these moves “childish naughtiness[“].
“We may recommend our U.S. colleagues to stroll outdoors more often, go in for yoga, eat healthy food, watch comedy episodes on TV. The train has gone. Childish naughtiness, tears, hysteria will not help,” the diplomat said.
He also played down U.S. decision to stop cooperation with Moscow over anti-missile defense (AMD), saying such cooperation has never existed.
“Perhaps, the U.S. will one day understand that Russian approach (to the AMD) has no alternative, unless in the U.S. policy dominates aspiration to create an anti-missile resource which devaluates Russian strategic containment potential,” Ryabkov said.
If global security objectives would be sacrificed by Washington for geopolitical targets and social-political engineering far away off U.S. shores, Russia-U.S. cooperation in the AMD should be forgotten, the diplomat noted.
“In any case, we’ll do our best not to let any U.S. attempts weaken Russian nuclear containment,” Ryabkov said.