Russia and the United States are not going to start another arms race or "cold war," though they remain divided on issues such as the European missile shield, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
"We are not enemies. Confrontation is not the choice for us," Lavrov told an annual press conference.
He said Russian's position on the U.S.-led missile defense system deployed in Europe is "clear and simple," but it's difficult to understand "by what that our American partners have been motivated."
When talking about economics and trade cooperation, Lavrov said that Russia may refuse to fulfill some obligations within the framework of the World Trade Organization in response to the U.S. unwillingness to cancel the Jackson-Vanik Amendment.
The amendment, adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1974 at the height of the Cold War, denies "most favored nation" status to those countries that restrict freedom of emigration and has been targeted specifically against the Soviet Union.