Russia has expressed its readiness to resume cooperation with the United States in the fight against terrorism, as Washington commemorates the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
The Russian ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, said in a statement, Saturday, that his country shares the grief of the United States, proposing to “revive cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism”, despite the problems in their bilateral relations.
Antonov noted that “Russia is ready to resume the bilateral dialogue on the fight against terrorism”, which was held under the auspices of the foreign ministers of the two countries in 2018 and 2019.
“The Russian side is ready to revive the aforementioned formula, and this is our natural priority,” Antonov said in the statement, which was published on the embassy’s Facebook page. “.
“Russia is grateful to the United States for sharing information that helped prevent attacks in Saint Petersburg in 2017 and 2019,” Antonov said.
The deterioration of relations between Russia and the United States comes, since US President Joe Biden took office in January, and increased pressure on the Kremlin, as Russia officially described the United States as an “unfriendly country.”
Calling the US ambassador
On Friday, Moscow summoned US Ambassador John Sullivan over what it said was interference by major US technology companies in the Russian general elections scheduled for next week.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed, to the US ambassador in Moscow, its categorically unacceptable interference in Russia’s internal affairs, according to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry, on Friday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in the statement that it “has clear evidence that the American digital giants violated Russian legislation, in the context of preparing for and holding the elections to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.” The statement did not specify what is meant by “digital giants.”
And the “TASS” news agency and the Russian Information Agency quoted a diplomatic source as saying that Moscow had summoned the US ambassador over “allegations of the United States interfering in the elections,” Reuters news agency reported.
In the same context, Reuters news agency said that Russian news agencies reported earlier that Sullivan was summoned in connection with a case related to the failure to grant Russian journalists working in the United States press accreditation, according to the Russian “Interfax” news agency, adding that the US authorities She refused to give some Russian journalists tickets that would allow them to attend events commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York.