The Secretary of State stressed that much will depend on the actions of the Kremlin.
The United States wants to establish more stable relations with Russia, but much will depend on how aggressively the Kremlin decides to act, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, speaking at a press conference in London, where he arrived for talks with colleagues from the Group of Seven countries.
“President Biden has been very clear for a long time, including before he took office, that if Russia decides to act recklessly or aggressively, we will respond,” Blinken said. – However, we do not seek escalation: we would prefer to have a more stable, more predictable relationship. And if Russia goes in this direction, so will we.”
The Secretary of State stressed that Washington’s attention is focused on Moscow’s actions. He also noted that there are areas in which joint work meets the interests of both countries.
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said that there is a chance of improving relations with Russia.
Blinken welcomed the recent sanctions against Russia imposed by the UK.
Speaking about relations with China, the Secretary of State noted that the West does not seek to contain China. “Our goal is not to try to contain China,” he said. – We strive to maintain an order based on international rules, in which our countries have invested so much over many decades.”