Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the United States is determined to “advance strategic stability with Russia, despite the fact that Moscow’s actions challenge American” interests and values. “
Blinken raised this topic in an extensive interview with National Public Radio (NPR).
The Secretary of State noted that, despite the fact that the Joe Biden administration has been working in Washington for less than a month, it was able to promptly extend the START-3 treaty for another five years.
The treaty, limiting the amount of strategic nuclear weapons on either side, expired earlier this month.
We did it “because it was in our interests,” Blinken said, explaining the administration’s motives.
“We will explore other opportunities to promote strategic stability with Russia, while at the same time taking a clear position on the actions they are taking – including in Ukraine, where aggression continues – and which challenge our interests and values,” the head of the American diplomacy.
He did not elaborate on how the administration plans to promote strategic stability with Russia, noting only that the US “should be able to work on both fronts.”
Blinken has also sharply criticized Russia with regard to human rights and cybersecurity.
“I think the world clearly understands what worries us about Russia’s behavior and actions,” he said.
“Indeed, we have commissioned analysis and investigation in a number of areas where Russia has taken flagrant actions that undermine our interests and values,” the Secretary of State said.
He cited the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny “with chemical weapons,” meddling in the US elections and the “notorious” cyber attack on SolarWinds, which reportedly gave Russia access to some of the US government’s computer networks.
“All of these and other things are being analyzed,” Blinken said without going into details.
The secretary of state also mentioned the possibility of the United States returning, under certain conditions, to the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which the Donald Trump administration abandoned.
“I think there is still interest in this on both sides, including among our negotiating partners in Europe, as well as in Russia and China,” he explained. “That would be a necessary first step, but also not sufficient. Time has passed. Therefore, if we want to return to the deal, if Iran returns to its observance and we do the same, we need to work out an agreement that will be larger and stronger than the original one. ”