US State: Existing issues with Russia could be solved in many areas, including arms control
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said Washington believes there are a number of areas in relations with Moscow where the parties can resolve mutual security concerns, one of which is arms control.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN that the dialogue with Russia on security issues has begun.
“In my opinion, there are a number of areas where we can resolve mutual security concerns in Europe in a way that suits all parties,” Blinken said, adding that one of these areas is arms control between Russia and the United States.
‘The now implementation of ukraine-related sanctions does not give the West ‘deterrence’ against Russia’
Stating U.S. sanctions against Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Blinken said, “The main goal of the sanctions is to control Russian aggression. Thus, if the sanctions are put into effect now, we will have lost the deterrent effect.”
Blinken noted that all measures taken by the United States and its allies at the moment are aimed at ‘deterring and encouraging Russia to renounce aggressive actions (against Ukraine), but also to seek a diplomatic solution to the current situation’, adding that Washington and European countries are preparing for ‘any scenario of developments’ around Ukraine.
Linken refuses to comment on UK accusations against Russia
Blinken declined to comment on Britain’s claims about Russia’s willingness to bring a moscow-loyal government to power in Ukraine, but noted that Washington has long warned its partners that such scenarios could happen.
Britain’s Foreign Office had previously accused Russian intelligence services of planning to leak a ‘pro-Russian leader’ to Kiev, naming Yevgeniy Muraev, a former member of the Ukrainian parliament Rada, as his name in the ministerial application.
“I can’t comment on this or that intelligence data,” Blinken said. But as you know, we’ve been warning about this tactic for weeks. And we were explaining it publicly.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova has previously denied the british claim that they want to replace the government in Ukraine with a pro-Moscow government and see Ukrainian politician Yevgeniy Murayev as a potential candidate for the head of this new government.