In doing so, the secretary of state raised questions about Russian interference in the 2020 elections, aggression against Georgia and Ukraine, and the poisoning of Navalny
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday. According to the State Department, the interlocutors discussed the extension of the START-3 treaty and the need for new arms control efforts targeting all Russian nuclear weapons and the growing threat from China.
The Secretary of State reiterated President Biden’s determination to protect U.S. citizens and to be steadfast in defending American interests in response to Russia’s actions that harm the United States and its allies. This includes Paul Whelan and Trevor Reid, who should be allowed to return to their families in the United States.
Secretary Blinken touched on Russian meddling in the 2020 U.S. election, Russian military aggression against Georgia and Ukraine, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and the SolarWinds incident.
The Secretary of State and the Russian Foreign Minister agreed to continue discussing issues of mutual interest.