Stressing that there is no trust between Washington and Moscow, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told a news conference that the United States would respond if Russia’s “harmful” activities continued, according to News i Agency’s International Group.
“A reporter at a news conference with Sullivan referred to the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden in Geneva, and asked about the trust between the two presidents,” Reuters reported. How can the President (of the United States) trust everything that Vladimir Putin says at this meeting? You say that you want to know what he is thinking and what he is going to do in the coming days. “Given the fact that Vladimir Putin has already tarnished the name of the (US) president, how can you trust him?”
“The assessment of another president is not about trust, and the relationship between the United States and Russia is not about trust, but about the relationship between the United States and Russia,” Sullivan said, stressing that the relationship between the United States and Russia is not based on trust. “The relationship is based on fact-finding, it is based on the relationship of transparency about the expectations we have, and to determine if certain types of harmful activity continue to occur will be answered by the United States.”
“We have made it clear over and over again, and today I reiterate that we do not reward the meeting with the Russian president,” the White House national security adviser said, downplaying Biden’s meeting with Putin. “We see this as part of the defense of American interests and values.”
“Despite our country’s differences (with Russia), Joe Biden will not meet with Vladimir Putin, but will meet with him because of our differences (with Russia),” Sullivan said. “There are a lot of issues we need to work on.”
“Looking into Putin’s eyes and saying what we expect and what America’s positions and priorities are is, in fact, an important aspect of Russian-American diplomacy,” he said, referring to the US president’s intention to meet with his Russian counterpart. ».
Sullivan went on to say, “Because President (Vladimir) Putin is a unique type of special leader, having the opportunity to meet with him allows us to manage that relationship in the most efficient way possible. “Let’s defend America.”
There has been speculation since Biden called Putin a “killer” in a January 2021 presidential interview in which he invited him to take part in a live televised debate in response to remarks by his American counterpart. Regarding the meeting of the presidents of the two countries, the United States and Russia, until recently, there were reports that the two sides are scheduled to meet on June 16 (June 26) in Geneva.
Biden is scheduled to meet face to face with the Kremlin amid rising tensions between Russia and the United States, and Russian officials have said they do not expect progress or a miracle from the presidents’ meeting to resolve deep differences.
Since Biden took office, tensions between Washington and Russia have escalated over a range of issues, including accusations that Moscow is trying to interfere in the US presidential election and cyber-attacks on US government and security institutions.
The Biden administration has also imposed new sanctions on Moscow under the pretext of its role in a cyber attack on US government and security institutions and organizations, and claims that the Russian government was involved in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, an opposition figure to Vladimir Putin. Of course, the Russian government has dismissed all these allegations as baseless.
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