US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will return to Moscow this week, according to a plan agreed upon by the two sides following progress made at last week’s meeting between the two countries’ presidents in Geneva, Switzerland.
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US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at a press conference on June 21, stressing that Mr. Sullivan will return to Russia to work with his team to develop a bilateral relationship. equal to Russia.
Earlier, on June 19, Mr. Sullivan said the Russia-US summit in Geneva was “very important” and that he looked forward to implementing the policy goals outlined by President Joe Biden in Geneva. aimed at “strategic stability, human rights, building a predictable relationship with Russia”.
According to Price, the Biden administration also welcomes the return of Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov.
However, on the day Mr. Antovov returned to Washington DC, the US side quickly issued sanctions on Moscow for its alleged involvement with Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny.
On June 21, Russia’s Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said that further US expansion of unilateral sanctions against Russia would not bring the results Washington wanted, and would not change Moscow’s policy.
“If the US chooses to continue the discussion through sanctions, this will not bring positive results,” the Russian diplomat said, after being asked to comment on a recent report to the Russian Federation. that the administration of US President Joe Biden is considering introducing new restrictions on Moscow, related to the situation of Kremlin opposition house Alexey Navalny.
Ambassador Antonov added: “In my opinion, over the years, when hundreds of sanctions have been imposed on Russia, Russians still live and work peacefully. Sanctions absolutely cannot affect foreign policy. , and also the internal affairs of the Russian state”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also downplayed the impact of the new US sanctions. He said it was a fundamental sign that efforts to improve relations with the US at the Geneva Summit on June 16 had failed.
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Earlier, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the country was preparing additional sanctions against Russia. The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against Russia in March of this year over the suspected poisoning and imprisonment of Navalny.
Those penalties linked the United States to the European Union (EU) in targeting Russian law enforcement officials, and were consistent with sanctions imposed by the EU and the UK against a individuals believed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, Sullivan did not specify the timing or content of any expanded sanctions. “It will come as soon as we develop sanctions packages that can ensure the achievement of the appropriate objectives,” Mr. Sullivan said.