April 17 - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that trust between Russia and the United States had been damaged before the crisis in Ukraine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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On Wednesday the State Department described the U.S. relationship with Russia as "complicated."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has a harsher assessment, saying trust is gone.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir PUTIN, SAYING:
"To a large extent the trust in U.S. ties is lost. Why is this happening? We believe we are not to blame. Why? Because those double standard approaches always disappoint us."
In his annual televised phone-in he says the problems predate the crisis in Ukraine.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (SPEAKING ABOUT "RESET" POLICY WITH UNITED STATES):
"It is not that it ended now because of Crimea. I think it ended before that, it ended immediately after events in Libya. Dmitry Medvedev who was the president supported our western partners, supported the resolution on Libya. What was that resolution about? It was about creating no-fly zones. But what did it lead to in reality? To air strikes, to deposing of Gaddafi, to his murder."
The two countries have been at odds over a range of issues, from U.S. missile defense plans to NATO expansion and the civil war in Syria. To improve ties, Putin says the U.S. should respect others' interests and international law.
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