Moscow expects U.S. President Barack Obama to take part in a planned summit in Sochi, Russia, in June 2014 of the Group of Eight.
"We are open to the sustained development of cooperation with the United States on the basis of respect for each other's interests and non-interference in each other's internal affairs. A Russian-American summit is on the agenda. At the moment, it's hard to tell when and where it will take place. There are opportunities for contacts between the presidents on the sidelines of some international forums. We expect Obama to come to the G8 summit in Sochi on June 4-5, 2014," Lavrov told Interfax in an interview in which he summed up 2013.
"Unfortunately, there remain irritants in our relations, including the U.S. plans to deploy a global missile defense, the notorious 'Magnitsky Act', and the impunity for abusers of children adopted from Russia. However, one does have the impression that there is growing understanding in Washington that Russian-American relations are much broader and more important than mutual grievances," Lavrov said.
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