US de facto sets off Cold War against Russia – lawmaker

US de facto sets off Cold War against Russia - lawmakerVoice of Russia

US Administration has de facto gone over to a Cold War-like phase of confrontation with Russia, believes Alexei Pushkov, the chairman of the State Duma’s committee for foreign policy.

“The US Administration has de facto said the US is going over to a Cold War against us,” he said Friday speaking live on the Rossiya-24 news channel.

When Washington speaks about considering a containment strategy towards Russia and claims Russia is an aggressor in Ukraine, along with hushing up the importance of Russian-American collaboration, “one really gets an impression that the US has decided to discard the prospects for normalization of bilateral relations,” Dr Pushkov said.

“It really seams they’ve already declared a Cold War on us,” he said, reports Itar-Tass. Pushkov, who is also one of the top-rated news analysts in Russia, said the current official policy conducted by President Barack Obama pursues the goals of “Russia’s international isolation.”

“A return to the rhetoric and logic of the Cold War era and to the policies of isolation is in progress,” he said. “Let’s not deceive ourselves. There’s no normalization between Russia and the US and it’s scarcely in the cards over the foreseeable future.”

He is confident that the Obama Administration has made its choice and “this choice runs counter to a normalization of relations with Russia.”

Commenting on the White House spokesman, Josh Ernest, that the self-defense forces of Donbas disregarded the ceasefire, the head of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, Alexei Pushkov got surprised that Washington not accuses Moscow of President Lincoln’s killing.

“The United States accused Russia in Poroshenko’s decision to terminate the truce! It is strange that we were not accused in the attack on Pearl Harbor or the murder of Lincoln,” – wrote Pushkov in his microblog on Twitter.

Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko said on July 1 that he decided to end the truce, which lasted ten days – starting June 20. However,the fighting continued throughout the whole period.

Poroshenko’s refusal to extend the ceasefire will not sway the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) monitoring mission, Interfax reports first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimedDonetsk People’s Republic Andrei (DPR) Purgin saying.

Since combat operations never really stopped during the announced truce, now that the truce is over there are no radical changes that could derail the OSCE mission. If it does go off track, there will be other reasons to hold responsible, Purgin told Interfax.

The parliamentary speaker of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Alexei Karyakin earlier stated at a press conference that the OSCE will monitor the situations in both the Lugansk and the Donetsk People’s Republics. The DPR’s deputy PM said that Donetsk is expecting the first OSCE teams of experts to arrive the in the middle of the week.

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