MOSCOW, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- Moscow was unsatisfied with the current level of relations with the U.S., a high-ranking Russian diplomat said Friday.
"First of all, we are very much worried about the absence of normal, serious, sound economic relations with the U.S." Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview with a Moscow online publication Public Post.
"We need trade, we need investment," Rysbkov said, adding there were plenty of opportunities for U.S. investment in Russia.
The diplomat said Russian businessmen preferred doing business in countries with more familiar economic conditions, such as member states of the European Union and the Customs Union.
Another reason why the Russia -U.S. trade ties were unsatisfactory is the still-valid Jackson-Vanik amendment, Ryabkov said.
The amendment, adopted by the U.S. Congress in 1974 at the height of the Cold War, denies "most favored nation" status to those countries that restrict freedom of emigration.
He urged the U.S. Congress to scrap the amendment soon, warning the U.S. firms could find themselves in unfavorable positions compared to their competitors from other countries, Ryabkov said.
The diplomat also blamed the visa regime between the two countries for hampering their relations.
Meanwhile, Ryabkov admitted Moscow and Washington hold different vision on the disarmament issue, calling the U.S. for more flexible approach to that solve the issue.
"Many nuclear countries are waiting when the U.S. ratify the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but they (U.S.) postpone it over and over again," he said.
On a bright side, the diplomat mentioned Russia-U.S. cooperation in fighting drug trafficking and stabilizing the security situation in Afghanistan.
"Our positions here are harmonized. We just need to cooperate more efficiently. This is still an unopened chapter in our cooperation," Ryabkov said.
Still, he stressed Moscow would not want the U.S. bases to remain in that region after the NATO-led forces' withdrawal in 2014.
Last month, Russia said it expected NATO would hold responsibility for Afghanistan's future even beyond 2014.