WASHINGTON, September 12. /TASS/. Russia is able to step up counter-terrorism cooperation with the US and expects Washington to do the identical, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov informed TASS on Friday.
On Friday, a flag on the territory of the Russian diplomatic mission was lowered in reminiscence of these killed within the September 11, 2001 terrorist assaults.
“We’re united by the moments not solely when every part is okay, however particularly within the moments of grief. Nineteen years in the past, there was a catastrophe. Russian President Vladimir Putin was one of many first who supported US President George W. Bush and the American individuals,” Antonov stated.
“As an indication of respect and sorrow for the individuals who died within the terrorist assaults, we lowered the flag on the Russian embassy,” the diplomat stated.
“The combat in opposition to terrorism is an excellent alternative, an space the place we might cooperate with the US. We’re prepared for such interplay, now the ball is within the courtroom of our American companions,” the ambassador stated.
On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists from the terrorist group al-Qaida (banned in Russia) hijacked 4 airliners in the US. They crashed two of the planes into New York’s tallest buildings at the moment, the Twin Towers of the World Commerce Heart. The third airplane was flown into the Pentagon close to Washington. The fourth airplane was additionally certain for the US capital, however crashed exterior Shanksville in Pennsylvania. The assaults claimed the lives of two,997 individuals.
The relations between two international locations
Antonov additionally famous that Russia – United States relations are in a deep disaster, and no breakthroughs are anticipated within the close to future.
“On the present stage, Russia – United States relations are in a deep disaster. We should always hardly anticipate any breakthroughs within the close to future, particularly given the upcoming presidential elections in the US,” Antonov stated. “We’re able to develop relations to the extent our American colleagues are prepared for,” he added.
“To date, we don’t see an incredible want for it,” the ambassador famous. “That’s the reason on this state of affairs, communication and contacts between individuals, representatives of the spheres of tradition and sports activities are particularly vital for us,” he famous.