British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab appreciated the possibility of “positive” relations with Russia. He expressed his opinion at a press conference following bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in London, reports TASS.
He was asked about the possibility of Russia’s return to the G7 (G7).
“From the perspective of the United Kingdom, the door to positive relationships [с Россией] and diplomacy always remains open for us. I think that this position is shared by many NATO countries, but Russia’s behavior must change, ”replied Raab.
According to him, Russia is “against the basic norms of international law” as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. As an example, Raab named “balancing on the brink of war and saber-rattling near Ukraine’s borders,” as well as cyberattacks attributed to Moscow.
“Thus, there is an opportunity to improve relations with Russia, and we would welcome it, but everything here depends on actions. [России]”, – concluded the British Minister.
Following the meeting, Blinken said that the United States does not seek to aggravate relations with Russia, but will respond to those steps it considers unfriendly.
Earlier, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested that the G7 (G7) members fight against Russian propaganda using a certain mechanism. Thus, the G7 countries are going to consider the possibility of organizing a collective mechanism that would make it possible to promptly respond and contain Russia in the spheres of “propaganda and disinformation.”
On March 22, Britain officially declared Russia the “greatest” nuclear and military threat to European security. The corresponding document was published by the Ministry of Defense of the country. The document notes that Moscow has the ability to deprive London and its allies of freedom of action “with the help of a highly effective integrated air defense system.”