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Newsline: Russian ambassador says Kremlin wants to ‘stabilize’ relations with US

A Russian state news agency said on Monday that the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. was looking to stabilize relations with the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said he wanted Russian-American relations to not only “stabilize” but to “develop,” according to a translated version of a report from the Russian state news agency, RIA. “There is potential for this,” Antonov reportedly said on Russian television. (https://news.yahoo.com/russian-ambassador-says-kremlin-wants-152620181.html) Antonov also accused the U.S. of effectively stealing from Russian’s by blocking certain accounts. “You didn’t mention the huge funds that are frozen in American banks. I will say frankly: I think that they were simply stolen from us,” Antonov said in a translated version of another RIA report on Monday. Since Moscow began its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, many western countries have imposed harsh sanctions against Russia, including sanctions on Russian banks, oligarchs, officials and their families.

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