Russia’s lobbying team could be called upon to help repair relations with the United States now that the Chechen ties of the Boston bombing suspects are in the limelight.

Tensions between Russia and the United States were building before the Boston Marathon bombing, with disagreements over Syria and human rights playing out in sharp public statements.

Now, given the revelations about suspects in the Boston Marathon attack, the Russian government might be eager to dial down the temperature.

Observers say as the U.S. media delves further into the bombers’ past, it could highlight the struggle in Chechnya — often a source of alleged human rights abuses by the Russian government.