State Department Spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that the US and Russia will keep their diplomatic missions in each other’s countries open, and will maintain deconfliction channels. Earlier, Moscow summoned the American ambassador over President Joe Biden’s “unacceptable” comments on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, warning that relations with the US were “on the brink of collapse.”
“We believe it’s very important to maintain channels of communication with Russia. Open dialog is crucial, especially during times of tension, especially during times of conflict,” Price told reporters at a regular State Department press conference in Washington. “We have sought to maintain a diplomatic presence in Moscow [and] we have sought for the Russians to be able to continue to maintain a diplomatic presence in the US,” he added.
Price also pointed to the setting up of “deconfliction channels on a tactical level with Moscow” as proof that the US and Russia would remain in contact despite Washington’s efforts to isolate Moscow on the global stage.
Price’s comments were made hours after Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned US ambassador John Sullivan to warn him that relations between the US and Russia were “on the brink of collapse” over “unacceptable” statements by Biden.