Russia's top diplomat says the country's relations with the United States and its allies have "hit the bottom" and no date has been set for sending the Russian ambassador back to Washington DC.
Russia recalled its ambassador to the United States after US President Joe Biden was asked in an interview if thought Russian President Vladimir Putin was a "killer" and replied "I do".
Addressing the issue on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called Biden's remarks "appalling" and said they had forced Russia to rethink its ties with the US.
Lavrov also voiced regret about the US rejection of Putin's offer to arrange a quick public call with Biden to help defuse the tension over the remarks.
"The confrontation has hit the bottom," the Russian minister said in televised remarks.
"But on the other hand, there is a hope that they are all grown-up people who realise the risks linked with inciting more tensions. I hope that common sense will prevail."
Lavrov said it would be up to Putin to decide when ambassador Anatoly Antonov returns to Washington DC.
Biden has said the days of the US "rolling over" to Putin are done.
And he has taken pains to contrast his approach with that of former president Donald Trump, who avoided direct confrontation with Putin and frequently spoke about the Russian leader with approval.
The Biden administration has warned that Russia would face sanctions soon over what it alleges was Russian government involvement in the massive SolarWinds hacks and attempts to influence the 2020 US presidential election.
Russia's relations with the United States and the European Union already had plunged to post-Cold War lows after its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, claims of election meddling, hacking attacks and most recently, the poisoning and imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Lavrov argued that the US-led pressure on Russia "has absolutely no chance for success".
He also blamed the European Union for the collapse of Russia-EU ties, denying that officials in Moscow had ever tried to sow discord among the bloc's member countries.
"We are interested in the EU being strong and independent," he said, lamenting what he described as the EU's eagerness to toe the US policy on Russia.
"We will always be ready to restore our relationship, to raise it from the ashes," Lavrov said.
"But we won't knock on the closed door."