U.S. foreign policy "shortsighted": Medvedev
Last Updated: 2014-05-21 08:22 | Xinhua
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday the overall policy of the United States toward his country and the international business community is "shortsighted" and moving toward a new Cold War.

Washington has put ideology ahead of mutual market benefits, which is a road leading to nowhere, Medvedev told Bloomberg TV in an exclusive interview, citing the refusal of U.S. and European companies to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum due later this week as evidence.

"That's too bad, that shortsighted position reminds Soviet policy in a certain period. It looks like we just swapped," he said, adding that the current U.S. approach ruins international trade.

He also said Moscow was disappointed with the White House's handling of the Ukrainian crisis, which drags Russia-U.S. relations even further toward a new Cold War.

"It's regrettable that all results we've reached are being effectively nullified by those (U.S. President Barack Obama's) decisions," the Russian leader said.

He said that Obama is no longer capable of making "restrained, accurate and smart decisions," as he is guided by a desire to show the Congress that "the United States does not fear Russians."

The prime minister noted that the sanctions imposed by Washington and its allies had not affected the Russian economy so far, but urged those countries to take responsible measures.

He also dismissed allegations that Russia looks forward to integrating more Ukrainian territories, adding all parties should work for de-escalation of the Ukrainian conflict, or "civil war" in his words.

Meanwhile, he did not mention whether Moscow guarantees non-intervention in Ukrainian events or not.

"We are not obliged to guarantee anyone anything because we never took those obligations in regard to this issue," Medvedev said. "We are proceeding in the fact that the main goal is not guaranteeing anyone anything, but calming the situation."

On Sunday, Ukraine will hold early presidential elections, which the eastern regions of Donetsk and Lugansk have refused to recognize.

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