Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Russia will not accept the conditions for lifting the sanctions the United States has been trying to force on it.
"They are trying to send signals to us: let's agree some criteria for you to comply with, and then we will gradually start lifting the sanctions. This is not a serious approach. I am surprised how people who do diplomacy can put forward such proposals," Lavrov said at a briefing in New York on Friday.
Russia "wants to work with whoever is ready for it on the basis of equality and mutual respect for interests."
"When our partners are ripe, they will be welcome," the minister said.
The minister recalled the U.S. decision to suspend cooperation through the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission.
"These are the things that have a practical deflection and which the Americans are ready to forgo for the sake of punishing, definitely willing to punish us in this particular instance," Lavrov said.
Russia will not agree to the re-launching of the Commission, he said. "We see no need to initiate any steps," he said.
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