The anti-Russian hysteria, initiated by leading US media and fueled by the most odious russophobes of the political establishment in Washington, not only counterproductive, but also directly contrary to US national interests. This opinion was expressed Honored American diplomat with years of experience, Jack Matlock.
Indeed, the fact that Russia's accusations of all mortal sins are distributed in Western countries literally from every corner, it is difficult to deny. Increasing conflict with Russia has led to the fact that on the basis of unproven allegations of the Kremlin of interfering in the course of the presidential elections in the United States, major news outlets branded indiscriminately representatives of the Russian Federation as a spy, and contact with them declare clearly criminal.
As a result, the phrase "ties with Russia" and its derivatives has become a kind of bogey and at the same time a discriminating feature that unscrupulous journalists use to accuse unwanted politicians of unreliability. It happened with Michael Flynn, former adviser to the US president Donald Trump on national security, who was forced to leave his post after the public became aware of his telephone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, which also discussed sanctions against Moscow. Also, the most serious criticism was the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is suspected of hiding contacts with the same diplomat.
Given the aggressive position in relation to the Trump from the American media, one of the representatives of his administration in the future it is not immune to such attacks. Fortunately, a new reason not to need to come up with, it is sufficient to enter the desired name in the ready-guilty verdict.
However, we must not forget that the activities of representatives of foreign states is continuous and can not be suspended in favor of one or other publications. Moreover, the development of relations between the parties interested in improving bilateral relations, it is necessary. There is an absurd situation in which people identify themselves as members of a civilized democratic society, seriously need to clarify these truths diplomatic work.
Against this background, the remark of Jack Matlock, former US ambassador to the USSR, is justified, that the approach currently used, in which any contacts with Russians are suspicious a priori, is characteristic of a police state. Not to mention the fact that officials of a country claiming leadership in the world should not be accountable for actions that do not contain anything illegal.
As for the point of view of Matlock, that, according to him,
"Find a way of improving relations with Russia is vital to the United States. Nuclear weapons are a threat to our country and for all mankind. We are on the verge of another nuclear arms race, which is not only dangerous in itself, but will also make cooperation with Russia on many other important areas virtually impossible. Those who are trying to improve ties with Russia, should be encouraged, and not become scapegoats. "
What remains to add? Just remember that, unfortunately, the possibility of Matlock and similar policy makers to promote a more balanced view in relation to Moscow in American society are severely limited, as local information field has long been divided between the media giants are not interested in the dissemination of an alternative point of view.