The USA's and Russia's fundamental interests either coincide or do not contradict, President of the Nixon Centre Dmitry Simes, a well-known US political scientist, stated during a round table discussion in Moscow on Tuesday. Mr Simes listed the maintenance of international stability among the top spheres of mutual interest of the two powers. According to the political scientist, the USA is equally interested in Russia becoming a strong, prosperous and democratic state. At the same time, Russia is destined to objectively have special interests which could clash with those of the USA, Dmitry Simes believes. To illustrate this he recalled that both Moscow and Washington had their own historical experience of complicated relations with Iran. Partners may have differences, however, they should not be dramatised. The main thing is, that historically, the USA and Russia are "on the same side of the trenches", the US political scientist declared.
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