US will respond to reckless Russian acts, Antony Blinken says

US will respond to reckless Russian acts
The US secretary of state Antony Blinken. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: The US secretary of state Antony Blinken has said that the US will respond to reckless or aggressive acts by Russia.

Mr Blinken said the United States was focused on reckless actions such as the treatment of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, the Solar Winds hack and election interference.

He said: “We would prefer a more stable and predictable relationship.”

Mr Blinken was in London for a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of 7 (G7) group of industrialised nations.

A statement issued after the two-day talks criticised Russia for its “irresponsible and destabilising behavior”, particularly against Ukraine, and for cyber-attacks.

Back in February, Joe Biden said, in more headline-grabbing terms, that he had made it clear to President Vladimir Putin “that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions… are over.”

His predecessor former president Donald Trump had at times seemed to avoid criticising the Russian leader.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Mr Blinken said that the Biden administration was not trying to hold China back, stressing that the United States was in favour of upholding a rules-based international system.

The US secretary of state said countries needed to look very carefully to see if China was investing in their strategic assets.

On Afghanistan, Mr Blinken insisted that the United States was “staying in the game” and would remain engaged with the country despite its troop withdrawal.

The Biden administration has announced that the last US troops will leave by September.

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