Both U.S. and Russia are playing on nerves, but we have strong nerves - Russian Foreign Ministry

Moscow is alarmed by the current situation in Russian-American relations and believes that any sanctions and black-lists should remain in the past.

"We are alarmed by the way the situation is developing. Contrary to the calls that we are making to the American side, the idea of sanctions and some black-lists continues to be inflated," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said to Interfax on Monday.

"All that comes from the past. This is not the methodology that we [Russia and the U.S.] should be using," he said.

"Both the United States and Russia are playing on nerves," he said.

He expressed the belief that this play is not useful for Russian-American relations. "But it's alright, we have strong nerves," he said.

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