Russia and the USA are arguably two of the most important, critical and strategic nations in the world.
The relationship between these global superpowers has massive significance for the rest of the world.
The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Russian news agency TASS on Monday he sees no signs of a thaw in relations between Moscow and Washington.
The senior diplomat said recent interactions between the nations has indicated there is unlikely to be a calming of tensions.
He told TASS: “It fits well into the declared ideologeme about the double approach to Russia, which combines containment and involvement into a dialogue at the same time.
“But this dialogue never helps find solutions to real problems.
“That is why I see no sign of a thaw at all.
“We are not in a state of permafrost thaw but rather in a state of its expansion, contrary to declarations heard from Washington from time to time.”
Russia and the USA have the first and second-largest nuclear weapon stockpiles in the world which mean they have great arsenals at their disposal.
Vladimir Putin and Moscow have long been understood to be intense adversaries of the United States.
The global order is stronger if Russia is fiercely committed to liberal democracy, but it has proved time and time again that is not the case.
Instead, the nation has consistently preyed upon Nato tensions and is looking to expand the Russian occupation of Ukraine and the Balkans.