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Russia's Lavrov calls for 'reset 2.0' with U.S.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:28

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia wants normalized relations with the United States, and that the countries need a ''reset 2.0''. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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With tensions near a breaking point between the U.S. and Russia ... Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is calling for a "reset 2.0". (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "We are absolutely interested in our relations normalizing, but it wasn't us who destroyed them. And now, there needs to probably be, like a, I don't know whether Americans would call it a 'reset'." He's referring to efforts made in U.S. President Barack Obama's first term to improve ties with Moscow... ...when then Secretary of State Hilary Clinton presented Lavrov with a red "reset" button, intended to signal a fresh start. But relations have only deteriorated. Both Washington and Brussels accuse Moscow of supporting a pro-Russian rebellion in east Ukraine -- and have imposed sanctions. Lavrov denies the charge, but predicts relations will eventually improve. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "I don't think you can guess when - which day, which month, which year...I don't think it will be very lengthy, but it will take some time. The most important thing is that our partners realize the pointlessness of ultimatums and threats." But with Russia and the U.S. at loggerheads over major issues, including Ukraine and Syria, ...the "restart 2.0" is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

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Russia's Lavrov calls for 'reset 2.0' with U.S.

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 01:28