The US stresses the importance of initiating dialogues with Russia on the disputes, yet says it will respond to what it sees as Moscow’s misconduct.
In an interview with the US news agency on Tuesday CNN, the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, asserted that the Administration of North American President Joe Biden believes that opening talks with Russia is in favor of bilateral relations, taking into account the fundamental role that Russia plays on the international stage.
Referring to the current Russia-Ukraine escalation of tension, Blinken said the US is ready to respond if Russia continues with its “aggressive and reckless actions.”
The US-led Atlantic Alliance has recently increased its presence near Russian borders again, thus intensifying the already ongoing tensions between Russia and Ukraine, whose relations were darkened in 2014 by the annexation of the strategic peninsula of Crimea to Russia, as a result of a referendum in which more than 90% of Crimeans voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation.
“We would prefer a more stable and predictable relationship. But ultimately that depends on [el presidente ruso, Vladimir] Putin. If you continue to engage in this type of behavior, we will address it and respond ”said the head of the State Department.
When asked if Putin has accepted the US invitation to a bilateral summit, he replied that he does not know if the proposal has been officially accepted, but reported that the White House and the Kremlin are negotiating the timing of this meeting.
Tensions between the US and Russia have intensified since Joe Biden took office on January 20, as he applied new anti-Russian measures, including a sanctions regime, followed by the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the United States, under the pretext of Moscow’s interference in the US presidential elections
Last April, Biden offered his Russian counterpart a summit, in a third country, to address all the problems that concern both powers. However, a few days later the White House announced a new round of sanctions against Russia, which according to Russia hampered a Biden vs. Putin.
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