The United States can hold talks with Russia on many issues, but for this, Moscow should not take actions to escalate relations, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
He quoted President Joe Biden as saying that the United States would respond in the event of “aggressive and reckless” actions by Russia. The American leader said that he seeks “stable and predictable” relations with Russia, “but it ultimately depends on Mr. Putin.”
Blinken stressed that the United States has extended the START-3 treaty and “could do even more in this area.”
The main condition for cooperation between Russia and the United States, he called Moscow’s refusal to “escalate.” In this case, the United States is ready to work together on strategic security, he added to CNN. Earlier, the United States imposed sanctions on 32 Russian companies and individuals. Washington also announced the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomatic representatives. In addition, sanctions were applied to the Russian state debt. In response, Russia banned entry to the country for 8 former and current officials and invited 10 diplomatic representatives to leave the Russian Federation.