Renewing Arms Control and Strategic Stability: A Russian Perspective
At the same time, the Secretary of State criticized the human rights situation in Russia
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the determination of the United States «promote strategic stability with Russia, even as Moscow’s actions challenge American «interests and values».
Blinken raised this topic in an extensive interview with National Public Radio (NPR).
The Secretary of State noted that, despite the fact that the Joe Biden administration has been in Washington for less than a month, it was able to promptly extend the START III treaty for another five years..
The Treaty Limiting Each Side’s Strategic Nuclear Arms Expired Earlier This Month.
We did it, «because it was in our interests», – Blinken said, explaining the administration’s motives.
«We will explore other options for promoting strategic stability with Russia, while at the same time taking a clear position on the actions they are taking – including in Ukraine, where aggression continues – that challenge our interests and values.», – said the head of American diplomacy.
Blinken has also sharply criticized Russia in relation to human rights and cybersecurity..
«Indeed, we have commissioned analysis and investigation in a number of areas where Russia has taken egregious actions that undermine our interests and values.», – indicated by the secretary of state.
He mentioned the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny «using chemical weapons», meddling in U.S. elections and «the infamous» a cyberattack against SolarWinds, which reportedly gave Russia access to some US government computer networks.
«All these and other things are analyzed», – Blinken said without going into details.
The Secretary of State also mentioned the possibility of the return of the United States, under certain conditions, to the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, which was abandoned by the Donald Trump administration..
«I think there is still interest in this on both sides, including among our negotiating partners in Europe, as well as in Russia and China., – he explained. – This would be a necessary first step, but also not sufficient. Time has passed. Therefore, if we want to return to the deal, if Iran returns to its compliance and we do the same, we need to work out an agreement that will be larger and stronger than the original.».