Washington hopes to keep lines of communication open with Moscow

Washington hopes to keep lines of communication open with Moscow

Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State Ned Price said that the U.S. "would like to be both stable and predictable" when it comes to bilateral relations with Russia. 

"We know that an ingredient to seeing that through is engagement," he said, noting Washington remains hopeful that avenues for engagement - or communication - with Moscow will not be "shut off." 

Price also revealed that the State Department has received some, but not all, information about additional actions that Moscow "is choosing to impose on our mission to Russia."

"We are in the process of reviewing the measures that have been formally relayed to us," he said, adding that the State Department believes the actions will "have a negative impact on our mission's ability to operate." 

He highlighted that the U.S. reserves the right to respond to these actions. 

Price argued that U.S. President Joe Biden's imposition of sanctions against a number of Russian entities and individuals was a response to their alleged interference in the 2020 US presidential election, and their purported involvement in a cyber attack that exploited the SolarWinds platform.  

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