Russia's ambassador to the US described a "toxic atmosphere" in Washington toward his country – denying the Kremlin meddled in the US election or poisoned to ex-spy and his daughter, according to a report.
"It seems to It's a toxic atmosphere, "Anatoly Antonov told NBC's" Today "show on Friday. "It depends upon us to decide whether we are in Cold War or not. But … I do not remember looking [a] bad shape of our relations. "
He added that" there is great mistrust between the United States and Russia. "
" Today Russia's responsible for everything, even for bad weather, "he said. "It's high time for us to stop blaming each other.
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The diplomat also said Russia had nothing to do with the nerve agent attack of former Russian spy what "no evidence" Russia was responsible, even suggesting a conspiracy by saying the attack happened "
on the eve of [the] Russian presidential election? "Where is the motive?" He said.
Yulia has regained consciousness and her father is still in critical condition. Britain has blamed Russia for orchestrating the attack using a Soviet-era nerve agent known as Novichok.
On retaliation, Britain, the US and their allies have joined together to discuss more than 150 Russian diplomats from their respective countries.
On Thursday, Russia 58 employees of the US Embassy in Moscow and two of the American Consulate in Yekaterinburg.
"If anybody slaps your cheek, your face, what's the reaction from your side?" Antonov told NBC. "You want to retaliate. It goes without saying. "
The escalation of tensions between the US and Russia comes as President Trump tapped two foreign policy hawks for his team – Mike Pompeo as secretary of state and John Bolton as national security adviser.
heated rhetoric, Antonov waved a political fig leaf.
"I have offered my colleagues from the State Department from [the Department] of Defense, to sit together, to come to my residence," he said.
"If they are scared, I say that, 'Come on, we can meet in a restaurant and discuss all the issues.' It was four or five months ago. And I got [an] answer: silent. "