The US is interested in building a predictable and stable relationship with Russia despite “deep divisions,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday.
“We said we had big disagreements, but we also said we want a stable and predictable relationship with Moscow. Even as we hold Russia accountable for its actions,” Price said. He was asked to comment on the statement by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov that the timing of the return of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to Washington depends on Washington’s willingness to go to at least some kind of normalization of relations with Moscow.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden said in an interview with ABC News that Russian leader Vladimir Putin would “pay” for the alleged interference in the American elections. In addition, in it, Biden answered in the affirmative when asked whether he considers Putin a “killer.” After that, the Russian Ambassador to the United States was invited to Moscow for consultations. During consultations in Moscow, Antonov held meetings at the Russian Foreign Ministry, the State Duma, the Federation Council, as well as with the aide to the President of the Russian Federation, Yuri Ushakov.