Antony Blinken stated that Washington would like to have stable and predictable relations with Moscow. According to him, “it is not a secret that the positions of countries are different but their interests meet in many directions”.
“If Russia acts against us and our partners aggressively, we will be forces to respond,” the U.S. State Secretary said.
In his turn, Sergey Lavrov noted that Russia and the U.S. should cooperate on issues where the interests of the countries meet. Lavrov underlined that Russia is ready to discuss with the U.S. any issues on a mutually respecting basis and with “facts on the table”. According to the Russian minister, he counted to discuss with Blinken Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and further development of bilateral relations.
It is noted that the talks are held amid the sharp deterioration of the bilateral relations. In April, the U.S. published the new package of sanctions against Russia that includes the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats from the embassy in Washington. Moscow answered with mirror measures on May 14; Russia approved the list of unfriendly states, including the U.S.