MOSCOW, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- The idea of a "reset" of Russia-U.S. relations should be retired because it isn't an endless process, the Kremlin said Friday.
The development of Russia-U.S. ties cannot be treated as a "reset," although Moscow hoped U.S. President Barack Obama would have a fresh continuation of bilateral ties, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told The National Interest, an American bi-monthly international affairs magazine.
"We are very sorry because we are looking forward to having a close partnership with the United States, developing a mutual responsibility for global and regional security," Peskov said.
Still, it would take some time for the two countries to "tango," he added, pointing out the U.S. Magnitsky Act as an example that did not let that happen.
"The Magnitsky case was artificially politicized. The toughest version of the draft, supported by President Obama, definitely does not contribute to the further development of our bilateral relationship or a sphere of mutual understanding and trust," the spokesman said.
The U.S. passed the Magnitsky Act in December, introducing a blacklist of Russian officials allegedly linked to the 2009 prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
The State Duma of Russia, in retaliation, passed in the same month a law introducing a ban on Americans adopting Russian orphans and blacklisted U.S. citizens it deemed human rights violators.
The spokesman said that Moscow would like to keep relations with the U.S. as advanced as possible and "we hope for a reciprocal attitude from Washington."
Moscow and Washington witnessed a "reset" of their relations launched by Obama and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009.