The new American administration seeks to stabilize relations between Russia and the United States but blames Moscow for their sharp deterioration.
This was announced on April 1 at a regular press briefing for journalists by the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, commenting on the statements of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington “have reached the bottom.”
“It remains true that we continue to pursue a stable and predictable relationship with Russia. Just the presence of these deep disagreements between us, the mere presence of relations in the state in which they are now, does not mean that there will be no areas of tactical coincidence [of interests], ”said the US Foreign Ministry spokesman.
“We [the US] demonstrated this at the very beginning of the current [American] administration by extending the New START Treaty for 5 years,” Price added.
He also noted that the extension of the agreement was due to the compliance of this step with the national interests of the United States.
“Not because this [extension] is in Russia’s interests. But because it is in our interests. When [with Russia] there are areas of potential cooperation, areas that meet the national interests of America, we will interact in them. However, this does not change the background against which this activity unfolds, ”the diplomat said.