MOSCOW, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The relations between Moscow and Washington will not slide back to the Cold War stage, because they are able to tackle various problems together, says Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev.
"There are no deeply rooted, fundamental reasons for the 'Cold War.' On the contrary, we are capable of jointly tackling a large variety of issues in many areas," Medvedev told Brazilian TV channel Globo in an interview to be aired Tuesday.
In the interview, conducted during his Latin American tour last week, Medvedev acknowledged that Russia-U.S. relations have recently been soured over the child adoption issue, the missile defense problem and others.
The United States was to blame for the difficulties in bilateral ties, said Medvedev. "We were forced to respond to these decisions."
He mentioned the so-called Magnitsky Act as an example of unfriendly moves by the United States that have triggered tit-for-tat retaliations from Moscow.
The Magnitsky Act targets Russian officials believed to be involved in the death of a Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky in detention in 2009. In response, Moscow introduced the so-called Dima Yakovlev Act, banning adoptions of Russian children by U.S. citizens.
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