Blinken explains the US approach to Russia as a policy of pragmatism

The American administration is guided by the principles of pragmatism in relations with Moscow, and for this reason the President Joe Biden on the one hand, he makes harsh statements about the Russian leadership, but at the same time he is ready to interact with the Russian Federation. Such a conclusion is a foreign policy columnist for The Washington Post David Ignatius quotes in his article based on an interview with the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and published on Thursday on the newspaper’s website.

“The President is very sober about two things,” the US Secretary of State said, explaining why Biden, on the one hand, answered in the affirmative when asked whether he considers Russian leader Vladimir Putin a “killer”, and on the other hand is ready to work with him. According to him, the United States needs to “hold Russia accountable for the reckless and hostile actions that it takes,” but at the same time remain open to interaction “in areas where it would be in our common interest to work with Russia.”

According to Ignatius, this position of Blinken testifies to the fact that the American administration approaches relations with Russia from the point of view of the concept of so-called real politics, which presupposes a pragmatic approach.

Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia would not allow the United States or any other country to talk to itself “from a position of strength.”

Biden, in a March 16 interview with ABC broadcaster, said the Russian leadership would have to “pay the price” for Moscow-attributed attempts to interfere in the American elections. In addition, the head of the White House answered in the affirmative when asked whether he considers Putin a “killer.” Subsequently, the White House and the US State Department made statements that Washington expects, among other things, constructive cooperation with Moscow in areas of mutual interest, but is not going to smooth over the contradictions in bilateral relations. After these statements, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov was invited to consultations in Moscow. He has been in the Russian capital since March 21.

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