Alexander Darchiev, director of the Russian foreign ministry's North American Department, stated that there may be an opportunity to normalize relations between Russia and the United States if the latter respects Moscow's national interests, TASS reports.

"If common sense prevails on the American side, and Washington soberly assesses the changed geopolitical landscape, showing a desire to respect Russia's national interests not by word, but by deed, then a basis will be created for the gradual normalization of bilateral relations," said the Russian diplomat.