The new American administration intends to seek to strengthen the opposition to Russia on the part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This was announced on March 19 by the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Riker.
“We will focus on strengthening the alliance’s potential to counter Russia, the lingering threat of terrorism and, of course, new destructive technologies, cyber threats and hybrid threats,” the American diplomat said.
He spoke at a special telephone briefing for journalists, which was dedicated to the forthcoming trip of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Brussels on March 22-25 to a meeting of the foreign ministers of NATO member states. The US will also demand that the North Atlantic Alliance address the issues of “disinformation campaigns” and “corruption as a weapon,” Riker said.
Further, the US State Department official stressed that Washington will continue to insist on maintaining NATO’s “open-door policy”.
“The Biden administration has made it very clear that its commitment to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open is part of our very firm policy,” Ricoeur said.
Commenting on the relationship between the United States and Russia, he, following other American officials, assured that Washington hopes for the emergence of stability and predictability in these bilateral ties.
“We expect, as you have seen in recent days, that our relationship with Russia will remain a challenge. It is clear that NATO is well aware of this and we are ready for it. Our goal, as President [Joe Biden] and Secretary of State [Blinken] have clearly signaled, is to have a predictable and stable relationship with Russia. And in those areas in which there are opportunities to act constructively, and this is in our [American] interests, we [the United States] will act this way, ”the diplomat said.