OREANDA-NEWS. Russia can not assess which administration, if it wins the U.S. elections in November 2020, turns the situation better for Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

"We can't say, in fact, about which administration, whether republican or democratic, will come to power in Washington next year after the inauguration of the 46th U.S. President," he added. According to him, the anti-Russian consensus is "deeply rooted" in American elites.

Earlier, Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov said that Russia's national security will not suffer if the United States withdraws from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). According to Sergei Ryabkov, Moscow is ready for this.

"Yes, of course we are. This has been repeatedly stated by the President of Russia, the Americans know that we will not save this agreement at any cost, especially the price they want us to do," he added. "We believe it is mutually beneficial and needed by both sides. It is an essential factor in ensuring international security and enhancing strategic stability. It would be optimal to extend it, if possible, for the maximum period specified in the text of the treaty itself, namely, five years", Sergei Ryabkov concluded.