The basic principle of the foreign policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin is that he sees the Russian Federation as a great power, it is important that it is recognized in Washington, said the Director of national intelligence James Clapper.
Answering the question about what, in his view, the main principles of Russia's foreign policy, James Clapper replied: "Vladimir Putin sees the Russian Federation as a great country, a great power. Their main goal is to ensure that the US treated Russia as a great power ", - informs news Agency. Asked to describe the current status of bilateral relations he said that " the relationship is very bad, we have quite a lot of differences, for example, according to the Syrian Arab Republic and Ukraine "." But at the same time we don't stop to keep in contact, - he added.- U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and foreign Minister Lavrov have contacts and it's good." Let us also remember, not so long ago the Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that Russia's actions in the Syrian Arab Republic sees the " desire to be engaged in politics on an equal footing with the United States and the desire to expand its zone of influence."