With Ukraine and Russia planning to approve a road map to improved trade relations on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul spoke with VOA's Austin Malloy about relations between the U.S. and Moscow over the Ukrainian crisis.
Here are a few of the ambassador's statements:
"I think we [U.S. and Russia] agree to disagree. We have a different view about what's happening there and we'll continue to support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people. And I think our position's been very clear, and I don't see it changing."
"In terms of U.S.-Russian relations I would put it in a bigger context. I think we're in a moment now in US-Russia relations where we have some real cooperation, historic cooperation on issues Syria, the P5 + 1 agreement with Iran. Then you have some serious disagreements on a range of issues including like Ukraine."
"I think we've gotten in, at least year five now of the Obama administration, to learn how to push ahead on progress when we can and manage our differences in other areas without linking them all together, and that's kind of I think the state of the relationship right now."