Russian Security Council: Russia ready to step up interaction with U.S.

But it sees as inadmissible the dialogue from the position of force

Russia is ready for partnership with the United States but it sees as inadmissible the dialogue from the position of force, by means of mounting the NATO potential, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said.

"Russia is ready to step up interaction and to build relations of partnership with the United States and countries of the Euro-Atlantic region," Lukyanov told reporters in Moscow on Jan. 18.

"We underline the inadmissibility of the attempts to maintain the bilateral dialogue from the position of force, by means of mounting the military potential of NATO and advancing the alliance's infrastructures towards the Russian border," Lukyanov said, speaking of the new edition of the Russian national security strategy.

"It has been updated with regard for the exacerbation of the international situation in the past few years. The U.S. and its allies continued countering the multi-polar world order and the centers of force that are alternative to the West," Lukyanov told.

"Military-political unions and economic associations oriented towards Washington are being reinforced and the policies to destabilize regimes disliked by the U.S. are being pursued worldwide," he said.

"We also took into account the high level of economic and information pressure exerted on Russia in the past few years due to its independent foreign policy," Lukyanov said.

The strategy was adopted by a decree of the Russian president on December 31.

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