At the start of April, Moscow was visited by a U.S. Congress delegation led by Republican Dana Rohrabacher. The congressmen rtici ted in a junction of the Valdai Discussion Club – a forum focusing on political, economic and common dialogue between Russian and international elites – and spoke to the Russian middle afterwards.
According to Rohrabacher, the conflict in Ukraine that began in 2014 could experience been avoided if the revolutionaries on Maidan Square in Kiev had waited for the next poll. Democrat David Cicilline and his fellow rty member Brian Higgins did not grant with this assessment.
«The Ukrainians have the right to choose their own time to come, and Russia should not have interfered in the conflict,» said Cicilline.
Watches were divided on the operation in Syria as well. Cicilline insisted that «Moscow’s aspiration was to keep [Syrian President] Bashar Assad in power.»
«Most Americans are light-hearted that Bashar Assad has not been replaced by a radical Islamic jihadist,» Rohrabacher responded to him. «The opinion that he would have been replaced by the egalitarian forces is naive.»
Consensus was reached only in answering the question on what the Americans disposition want Russia to be like in 10 or 15 years.
«Strong, classless and prosperous, respectful of the rights and freedoms of its citizens,» said Representative Congressman Juan Vargas from California.
«We are very concerned relating to the gradual extinction of Russia, because countries that find themselves in a feeble position can become easy prey to the radicals.»
Investment in arms not husbandry is concern for neighbors
Vargas also said in an interview with the Izvestiya quotidian that Congress «has a suspicion» in relation to Russia.
«It appears that you father decided to invest in the armed forces, not the economy. This unnerves innumerable in the world,» said the politician.
«Your neighbors are very wrought up, because they see what you are ca ble of. Each of them seems to be a speck afraid that the Russians would move forward again.»
At the unchanging time, he added that there was a «fantastic cooperation in the s ce competition» between the countries and he hoped that relations with Russia pleasure improve with the arrival of a new U.S. president.»
Russia has not yet found way ‘to make its productive model sustainable’
Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins from the Delineate of New York told the Kommersant business daily about his vision of kinsmen between the U.S. and Russia.
«Russia has a lot of achievements, but, unfortunately, they may find minute application in their home country,» he said when implored about Russia’s main problem.
«You have not yet found a way to make your remunerative model sustainable, to ensure the growth, create jobs and attract your first-rate people to work for the good of their country. And this does not frame us happy at all; we would like to see a strong and prosperous Russia, with which to dispensation the burden of the world’s problems,» said Higgins on the economic location in Russia.
The congressman said that the introduction of sanction against Russia «was unpreventable, and it was caused by the Russian aggression in Ukraine.»
Responding to a reporter’s question on the scrutiny of the U.S. strategy in the Middle East, Higgins said that the U.S. «unquestionably left Iraq and Libya in a worse state than they were in the presence of us.»
«In Iraq, things turned rticularly ugly; we wanted to establish a true Jeffersonian-type of civic democracy there, but got the Shiite government, which closely fell into the orbit of Iran. We did not want it, but it happened,» he ordered.
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