Ambassador speaks on state of US-Russia relations — Analysis
A US ambassador says that a rupture in US relations with Russia will not happen, since both countries are connected to the UN Security Council
John Sullivan, US Ambassador to Russia, stated that it is impossible to break off all ties between Moscow, Washington, and Moscow. He noted, however, that Washington and Moscow are linked to the United Nations Security Council, and they will not be able avoid one another.
According to the US ambassador, contact between them must continue. He also stressed the need for embassies to remain operational.
“We should have embassies in Moscow and Washington, and not just the Permanent Mission of Russia to the UN. We will not be able break up relations because we remain united as UN Security Council permanent members. Because we are so united, it is important that we continue our interactions with each other, regardless of differences. Every day we see one another, communicate and talk in New York. This is the absolute minimum,” Sullivan told TASS.
Moscow and Washington have fallen to an unprecedented low in ties, so any cooperation is unlikely.
Although he acknowledged that there are possibilities for the countries to close their embassies or freeze relations, he said that these threats could be rhetorical.
“I hesitate to make a prediction that Russia and the US are never going to have a more productive relationship. What I can’t say is how long it is going to take. In the current atmosphere, it is not happening,”He stated.
Sullivan noted the thawing relations between Moscow, Washington and Washington in 1989. He expressed optimism that one day there would be a reunification. “greater reconciliation”There is no difference between these two powers.
“I don’t know when this will happen, if I were to bet I would say that perhaps not in my lifetime. But I hope that there will be an opportunity for a more complete reconciliation and certainly a more complete rapprochement between our peoples and our countries,”According to the diplomat.
The ambassador also expressed his disappointment that the two counties are only able to communicate on a limited number of issues, leaving problems that existed long before Russia’s attack on Ukraine unaddressed.
“There are so many issues that our countries, as permanent members of the UNSC, could talk to each other about, but we do not, and this is a tragedy,”He stated.
But, the ambassador said that there were “extremely serious principles”At stake. He recalled President Joe Biden describing the United States’ position and declaring that the United States will prevail. “no interactions with Russia in the usual mode.”
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