Ambassador Tefft: U.S. aims not to isolate Russia but see it as fully integrated with global economy

The United States is not seeking Russia's isolation and continues to cooperate with it via official channels in many areas, in particular, in fighting extremism.

The United States is not seeking Russia's isolation and continues to cooperate with it via official channels in many areas, in particular, in fighting extremism.

"The United States and Russia do continue to cooperate on official levels in many areas, especially in the field of countering violent extremism," the U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said in an interview with Interfax.

Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the U.S. has been showing interest, through unofficial channels, in cooperating with Russia on security.

"Let's remember that our goal is not to isolate Russia - our goal, as President Obama said, is "a Russia that is fully integrated with the global economy, that is thriving on behalf of its people, that can once again engage with us in cooperative efforts around global challenges," the ambassador said.

"But we're also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles," Tefft said.

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