US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says Washington wants a stable relationship with Moscow but that will depend on Kremlin policies and how aggressively it decides to act. Blinken said this on May 3 after meeting with his British counterpart Dominik Raab in London, Radio Liberty reports.
"President Biden's been very clear for a long time, including before he was president, that if Russia chooses to act recklessly or aggressively, we'll respond. But we're not looking to escalate: We would prefer to have a more stable, more predictable relationship," he said.
He added that if Russia moves in this direction, the United States will do the same.
As we reported earlier, the European Union summoned Russia’s ambassador after Moscow blacklisted eight EU officials.
Russia on Friday banned European Parliament President David Sassoli, European Commission Vice President Věra Jourová and six other European officials from entering the country in retaliation for EU sanctions on Russians.
European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said that Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov would meet in Brussels with senior EU officials who “will convey to him our strong condemnation and rejection of this decision.”