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“You would have to be blind not to see the growth of anti-American sentiment in Russia today,” Ambassador William J. Burns said in an interview this month on the Web version of Moscow’s Expert Magazine.
“My impression is that many Russians believe that Americans don’t understand how complicated the past 15 years have been for Russia, that Americans are a little too quick to lecture and to criticize and that Americans have been saying for the last 15 years that we welcome the revival of Russia as a great power but that we really didn’t mean it and are uncomfortable with that revival and somehow seek to limit it,” Mr. Burns said.
“I don’t agree with that, but I think that is the impression that many Russians have developed.”
Mr. Burns insisted that Washington places great value in good relations with Moscow, especially during this year’s recognition of two centuries of diplomatic contacts between Russia and the United States.
“It is especially important this year … for Russians and Americans to respect and understand one another’s history,” he said.
Victims of terror
U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney remembers hearing the explosion from her State Department office on September 11, 2001, when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.
As ambassador to Ecuador a year later, she met with “distraught families of innocent victims” of kidnapping and murder committed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on cross-border raids.
In her latest assignment as ambassador to the Philippines, she paid respects to the victims of a terrorist bomb last year at the Sulu Consumers’ Cooperative in Jolo.
Mrs. Kenney recalled those experiences, as she spoke at a commemoration this month for “Victims and Heroes of Terrorism” at a ceremony at the presidential residence in Manila.
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