U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft has expressed the need for cooperation despite ongoing tensions in bilateral relations.
Speaking at the ceremony which launched the Alaska-Siberia 2015 project on July 8, Tefft said he was positive that in spite of current tensions in bilateral relations the Americans and the Russians could still find points of contact and cooperate in fields of mutual interest.
He said that initiatives of the Alaska-Siberia 2015 kind were an important reminder that the two countries could work together, have worked together in the past and continue to do so now.
The ambassador called for doing the utmost to maintain this trend in the future.
In his words, the U.S. and the Soviet Union had different economic and political systems in the WWII period but they cooperated for the sake of a great goal, the defeat of Nazi Germany.
There are numerous global tasks requiring similar coordination now, the ambassador said.
Russia has backed the U.S. initiative to arrange a flight path along the Alaska-Siberia route, Russian Foreign Ministry Ambassador at Large Vladimir Vinokurov said.
"Naturally, we have supported this initiative, just as we support other initiatives improving understanding between our people and reminding [them] of numerous examples of successful collaboration between our states in various periods of Russian-American relations," he said.
"Cooperation in the WWII period is definitely a high point," Vinokurov said.
"Hence, this project not only pays tribute to pilots but also reminds [us] that our two countries can resist the most complex challenges through joint efforts," he said.
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