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The United States “will react” if Russia “acts recklessly or aggressively,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Thursday.
Among the reckless acts, Blinken mentioned “SolarWinds’ intrusion into the Internet,” “meddling in our elections,” and “what it did” against Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The US “would prefer a more stable and predictable relationship” if Russian measures allowed, Blinken added.
The diplomat also reiterated US President Joe Biden’s personal opposition to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany. Although the U.S. Department of Justice initially decided to allow sanctions against the company building the gas pipeline as part of new penalties against Russia, the approval was revoked in April. The US President still thinks Nord Stream 2 is “a bad idea,” said Blinken.
Blinken said of Northern Ireland that peace is “something [the U.S.] is very focused on. “Most important to Biden is that” the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement are upheld and that we have the political and economic well-being of Northern Ireland in mind “.
Blinken told China that the US was not trying to contain the country but also warned that “whenever someone tries to undermine it [the rules-based international system] by not following the rules; If we fail to meet the commitments we have made, we will stand up and say, “No, we will not accept that.” This reflects the joint communiqué of the G7 Foreign Ministers who met earlier this week.