Washington: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo believes that Russia could not prove its usefulness in matters of Ukraine and Syria despite President Donald Trump's attempts to establish relations with Russia.
The head of the US foreign policy department told journalists in an interview for the NBC television channel, excerpts of which were published in the journal Politico
He stressed that, despite the coincidence of US and Russian interests in a number of issues, the values of these two countries remain completely different.
The statement by the head of US diplomacy was voiced several days after the State Department added 33 Russian individuals and legal entities to the sanctions list, and also imposed sanctions against China for the purchase of Su-35 airplanes and S-400 air defense missile systems.
President of the United States Donald Trump, on September 20, signed a decree that gives the Ministry of Finance additional powers in the matter of sanctions against Russia imposed in connection with the annexation of the Crimea and aggressive actions against Ukraine, as well as in accordance with the law "On Countering the Opponents of America because of sanctions ".
Under the new sanctions were Russian businessmen and individual companies that work in the field of defense and intelligence. So, in the new list are PMC Wagner, OPK Oboronprom and the concern Kalashnikov, as well as some employees of the GRU.
Due to cooperation with Rosoboronexport, the development department of the Central Military Commission of China and its head Li Shangfu fell under American sanctions. The agency bought Russian fighters and missiles.
It should be noted that for days the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin at a specialized space conference in Great Britain said that Russia does not want to participate in the American Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway project on the current conditions, as “they do not like participation on second roles".