The U.S. is interested in establishing predictable and stable relations with Russia, despite “deep disagreements. State Department spokesman Ned Price told a regular press briefing.
He said Washington wanted “a relationship with Moscow that is both stable and predictable.” “We believe that diplomacy is an important tool to establish a relationship,” he concluded, adding that Washington will continue to hold Moscow accountable for what the U.S. believes are destructive actions.
This is how Price commented on Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov’s statement that the timing of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov’s return to Washington depended on Washington’s readiness to normalize relations with Moscow.
Earlier, Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said that despite the broad prospects for cooperation, relations between Russia and the U.S. have reached their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. According to him, Moscow hopes that cooperation will be resumed and the countries will start discussing problems that require the participation of both sides.