MOSCOW (Reuters) – The West may face new diplomatic problems with resurgent Russia because of European and U.S. efforts to stifle‘s influence, said in an annual review on Tuesday.
“The events of 2007 show that one cannot exclude problems in global politics in the period to come,” said the document posted on the ministry Web site (www.mid.ru). “This primarily refers to where the inertia of bloc approaches…is most visible.”
Last year saw tough anti-Western rhetoric coming from the Kremlin as it prepared for a transfer of power fromto his handpicked successor , who takes office on May 7 after winning this month’s election.
has clashed with the United States over Washington’s plans to deploy elements of its in Europe, over and Western recognition of independence for ‘s breakaway province of .
Echoing earlier statements by Putin, the review criticized U.S. policy as “destructive … aimed at breaking strategic stability, imposing its military superiority in the world.”
It also criticized thefor what is viewed in Moscow as an attempt to restrict Russia’s influence.