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Patrushev assessed the state of relations between Russia and the United States

Relations between the Russian Federation and the United States are now at their lowest level since the end of the Cold War, while Russia is committed to dialogue in areas of mutual interest. This was stated by the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper.

He called the current political situation unfavorable, while expressing the opinion that a constructive dialogue in areas of mutual interest between the countries is possible.

“We believe that common sense will prevail in Washington, and a substantive Russian-American dialogue will begin on issues that, in principle, cannot be effectively resolved without constructive interaction between our countries,” Nikolai Patrushev said.

He noted that there are a number of problems in the world that “can be solved only through cooperation between the world’s leading players – Russia, the United States, the EU, China, India.” He added that in the long run, the beneficiaries will be states with positive agendas, whose policies are aimed at “development and prosperity for all.” This is the agenda that the Russian Federation proposes and is ready for its joint implementation, noted the Secretary of the Security Council.

In addition, in the framework of an interview with Kommersant, Patrushev expressed his opinion about Russia’s accusations of cyberattacks. He did not rule out that hackers living in the Russian Federation or having Russian citizenship may participate in some computer sabotage, but the state has nothing to do with this.

Answering a question regarding the words of American leader Joseph Biden about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Patrushev noted that Russia does not want this incident to undermine the prospects for Russian-American summits. He did not rule out that Biden was “deliberately provoked” to a tough statement “by circles interested in increasing tensions in bilateral relations.”

Recall that Biden, in an interview with ABC television, made harsh statements against the leadership of the Russian Federation. After that, the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, was invited to Moscow for consultations.

Putin, in turn, invited Biden to talk live, but there was no specific response from the White House to this proposal.

Meanwhile, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian leader, said Putin would not allow the US to speak to Russia from a position of strength.

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