The Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, was summoned for consultations in Moscow in order to identify ways to smooth “the Russian-American relations, which are in poor condition,” according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
” The new American Administration has been in power for almost two months, the symbolic milestone of 100 days is not far off, and this is a good reason to try to assess what the Biden team is doing well and what is not. As for us, the main point is to determine the ways to smooth the Russian-American relations, which are in poor condition, and which Washington has lead to a dead end in recent years. We are interested in preventing their irreversible degradation, if the Americans realizes all associated risks. ” – says Zkharova’s statement published in Telegram account of Russian Ministry.
Commenting on the situation itself, the Russian foreign ministry spokesperson described the move as ‘unprecedented’.
The Russian ambassador was recalled after U.S. President Joe Biden called Putin a “killer in his interview and vowed Russia to “pay” for meddling in U.S. elections.
The same day, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs replied to the report of secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, claiming that all military communications between Russia and NATO were cut off. According to NATO 2020 report that was also published on March 17 , the Russia-NATO Council meeting did not take place the last year due to the fault of the Russian side.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Alexander Grushko, responded that there was no agreement on the holding of such Councils, as NATO abandoned all the structures of preparatory process.
“The Council consisted of a working group, a preparatory committee and the Council itself at the ambassadorial level. All elements except the meetings on ambassadors’ level were destroyed by them, they no longer function ” – he said.
The recent deterioration of diplomatic relationships between Moscow and Washington is taking place amid the on-going military conflict in Eastern Ukraine and launch of large-scale NATO military exercise Defender Europe 2021. Its main area are the Balkans, Black Sea and the regions close to the Russian border.
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