“We are looking at and will look at any means to advance diplomacy if we see an opportunity to advance it in any way,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said, adding that instead Moscow was “doubled down and tripled down” on aggressive actions. her.
The United States will consider any means to advance diplomacy with Russia if it sees an opportunity, but right now Moscow does not appear willing to engage in meaningful talks, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today.
“All indications are that (Russia’s Vladimir) President Putin is not only unwilling for meaningful diplomacy but instead continues to push in the opposite direction,” Blinken told a news conference he held with his French counterpart Catherine Colonna. .
“We are looking at and will look at every means to advance diplomacy if we see an opportunity to advance it in any way,” Blinken said, but added that instead, Moscow is “doubling and tripling” its aggressive actions.
Earlier today, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke by phone with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, for the first time since May. According to the Pentagon statement, he said it was important to maintain lines of communication amid the war in Ukraine.
The initiative for the phone call was taken by the American side.
A leading Russian diplomat explained, according to the TASS agency, that this communication was necessary to “clear up misunderstandings” so that “there are no accidents”.
“These are always important contacts and it is important that the Americans took the initiative,” Vienna-based Konstantin Gavrilov was quoted as saying.
After this phone call, Moscow expects clarifications about the nuclear deterrence exercises conducted by NATO, he added.
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