Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov will fly to Moscow for consultations on March 20. This is according to a message published on March 18 on the Facebook page of the Russian diplomatic mission.
“During the meetings in the Russian Foreign Ministry and other agencies, it is planned to discuss ways to rectify the crisis in Russian-American relations,” the statement said.
It is noted that the situation that has developed in relations between Russia and the U.S. is a consequence of the policy of putting the two countries into a deadlock pursued by Washington.
The day before US President Joe Biden said that Russia should “pay the price” for its “interference” in the US elections.
Russia was indignant with these statements by the U.S. leader. The Kremlin expressed regret that “poor-quality materials” were the reason for the latest crackdown. According to presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov, this will damage “the already-sick U.S.-Russian relationship.
Sergei Ryabkov, deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, stressed that the line chosen by the U.S. administration “does not add to the chances for normalizing relations” and that responsibility for the further worsening of Russian-US relations lies entirely with the United States.
The announcement was preceded by a March 16th report from the National Intelligence Agency accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. election. Russian government officials were accused of trying to help re-elect Donald Trump and prevent Biden from running for president.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure found no evidence of foreign influence on the outcome of the presidential election.