Russian MFA: 'Business as Usual' in Relations With US Will No Longer Work

© AFP 2023 / YURI KADOBNOVA man walks in front of a tower of the Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry building in central Moscow on September 10, 2020.
A man walks in front of a tower of the Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry building in central Moscow on September 10, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - 'Business as usual' in relations with the United States will no longer work, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“No, we stopped doing business as usual with them a long time ago, this is already a non-existent concept,” Zakharova said on the air of Channel One.
The West has failed to impose on Moscow the idea that they are exclusive and that Russia is a colony, she said.
In relations with the United States and the West, Russia has approached the line, after which there is a point of no return, Zakharova said.

"We proceed from our own interests and security interests, including, we do what is beneficial to us as a country, as a people. We defend ourselves, we offered to do it together, we had a dialogue and offered a lot within the framework of collective security. When this did not happen, we moved on to the next stage — what are our guarantees, given that you do not offer collective creativity, when they blocked this option as well, we began to proceed from our pressing interests," she said.

“Yes, this is not our choice. We always proceeded from a dialogue, but when these options were closed one by one by the Anglo-Saxons, we began to act differently. Not because of threats, but the question is that we come to that line after which the point of no return begins," she added.

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