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Russian lawmaker acuses West of political and economic siege of Russia

Western leaders have now resorted to the regime of lengthy political and economic siege of Russia, chairman of Russian State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexey Pushkov said on Friday.

"The logic of cooperation has not been understood yet by Western leaders. They are trying to achieve their goals through the logic of confrontation and have now resorted to what I would describe as a regime of lengthy political and economic siege of Russia," Pushkov told parliamentary hearings titled "Russia-West: what will prevail - logic of confrontation or logic of cooperation?"

The Russian lawmaker noted attempts of political and economic isolation of Russia as well as continuing sanctions. "Out of the things that US did last year, the most important was not (US State Secretary John) Kerry's visit to Moscow because Kerry's visit to Moscow are maneuvers. The most important thing was the sanctions that (US President) Barack Obama extended for one more year. This is a practical political decision," Pushkov added.

Stoltenberg's statements that NATO is against confrontation with Russia are "cover-up"

According to the official, the statement of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that the Alliance is against confrontation with Russia represents a "cover-up" for the real politics of confrontation that the West carries out.

"We are told that the West in reality does not seek the Cold War, that it seeks dialogue," Pushkov told parliamentary hearings on relations between Russia and the West. Talking about recent Stoltenberg's statements, Pushkov noted: "Unfortunately, this should for now be assessed as mere rhetoric and cover-up for the politics of confrontation."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday at the meeting with experts and journalists at the Atlantic Council: "NATO is not seeking confrontation with Russia. We will avoid a new Cold War. Actually, we are striving for more cooperative and constructive relationship with Russia.".

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 08Apr16]

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