Washington is ready to cooperate with Moscow in areas where the interests of the two countries coincide but will respond harshly to the Kremlin’s hostile actions.
The State Department told the Voice of America Russian service that despite the sanctions imposed on Russia, Washington is ready to cooperate with Moscow in areas with common interests. The US Foreign Ministry added that Joe Biden is ready to meet with Vladimir Putin on neutral territory.
“As you saw, yesterday the Biden administration announced measures aimed at holding the Russian government accountable for hacking into the computer networks of Solar Winds, for reports of rewards for the elimination of American troops in Afghanistan, and for attempts to interfere in the 2020 US election. State Department spokeswoman Andrea Kalan said.
She added that the United States wants relations with Russia to be stable and predictable.
“President Biden spoke with President Putin this week and suggested holding a summit meeting in a third country to discuss the full range of issues in our relationship. Where possible, the United States will seek opportunities to cooperate with Russia, but we will respond strongly to Russian actions that harm our country, our allies, and partners.
There is a whole range of areas in which we have a common interest. For example, immediately after the inauguration of President Biden, the United States and Russia extended the START-3 treaty for 5 years, – said the official representative of the State Department. – Our position remains unchanged: President Biden said that he would like to meet with President Putin in the coming months in a third country to discuss our relationship and how we can work together.
Wherever possible, we will work together and look for opportunities for cooperation with Russia. But as President Biden very clearly said: we will respond decisively to Russia’s actions that harm our country.”