Blinken Hopes Russia Cooperate Over Arctic
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has participated in the negotiations on climate change and the meeting of the Arctic Council in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
It is expected that US State Secretary, in the evening, will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss the summit of Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. Both presidents will meet in June.
The State Department hopes Blinken and Lavrov will be able to discuss more predictable relations with Russia. A high-ranking official stated that the Biden Administration has reached progress in the talks on the extension of the START-3 treaty, but it also faced difficulties.
Recently, the US and Russia disagreed over imprisoning the critic Kremlin's critic Alexei Navalny, increased the Russian military presence at the Ukraine borders of Ukraine, and the cyber-attack of presumably Russian hackers against the largest American oil firm. Moscow accused the United States of intervening in its internal affairs.
On Tuesday in Reykjavik, Mr. Biden warned that the US will respond to Russian aggression.
We clearly stated that if Russia resorts to irresponsible and aggressive moves directed against our interests, against the interests of our allies and partners, we will not leave it without an answer - not to unleash the conflict or escalation, but simply because of such actions should not remain unpunished, Mr. Blinken emphasised.