MOSCOW, 1 Dec â€” RIA Novosti. U.S. Ambassador to Russia John huntsman said that his work in Moscow, and the activities of the Russian Ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, is very important to restore confidence between the two countries.
“I really believe that what we do at the Embassy, and that makes the Ambassador Antonov in Washington, it is very important as it will help to take the next steps that will serve as the basis of trust,” said huntsman in an interview with the St. Petersburg edition of “Paper”.
Previously Antonov said that in all his attempts to meet with the congressmen, he refused, and was glad for the Huntsman, which Russian lawmakers warmly greeted and “expressed willingness to cooperate”.
“I met with senior officials with whom we have too long did not communicate. We are engaged in discussions which we have not had for a long time. And what happens when you don’t communicate? You begin to expect the worst from the other person. Or from another country. Because for too long did not speak and start to blame the source… the more doors will be opened, the greater will be opportunities for fruitful cooperation, and we will have a more healthy relationship. I hope and think we will come to it,” said the huntsman.
Previously, he made his first visits to regions of Russia, visiting St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. Both these trips the huntsman called successful.
However, on Friday evening, the American Embassy issued a statement, which said that the huntsman canceled a scheduled trip to the far East, as “one of the officials in the region, including acting Governor of Primorsky Krai, the Sakhalin region Governor, the mayor of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, couldn’t find the opportunity to meet with the Ambassador”.