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US envoy says complete severance of relations with Russia is impossible as both countries are linked to the UN Security Council

A complete severing of ties between Moscow and Washington is impossible, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told TASS news agency, noting that the two countries are tied to the UN Security Council and can never avoid each other.

In an interview published on Monday, the US envoy said contact between the two countries must be maintained and stressed the importance of keeping embassies operational.

“We should have embassies in Moscow and Washington, not just Russia’s Permanent Mission to the UN. I just think we can never really break the relationship, because we are united as permanent members of the UN Security Council. And since we are thus united, we must continue to interact with each other, despite the existing differences. We see each other every day, we talk and we communicate in New York. It’s the absolute minimum.” Sullivan told TASS.

The envoy acknowledged that ties between Moscow and Washington were at an all-time low, making any productive cooperation unlikely.

He said there was a chance the two countries would decide to close their respective embassies and freeze relations, but he hoped these were rhetorical threats.

“I hesitate to predict that Russia and the United States will ever have a more productive relationship. What I cannot say is how long it will take. does not produce”, he said.

Noting the thaw in relations between Moscow and Washington in 1989, Sullivan expressed hope that there will one day be a “greater reconciliation” between the two powers.

“I don’t know when that will happen, if I had to bet I would say maybe not in my lifetime. But I hope there will be an opportunity for a fuller reconciliation and certainly a fuller coming together between our peoples and our countries. said the diplomat.

The ambassador also expressed his disappointment that the two countries could only communicate on a limited number of issues, leaving unaddressed issues that existed long before Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

“There are so many issues that our countries, as permanent members of the UNSC, could talk to each other about, but we don’t, and that’s a tragedy,” he added. he said.

The Ambassador noted, however, that there is “extremely serious principles” at stake, and recalled President Joe Biden outlining the U.S. position, stating that there will be “no interaction with Russia in the usual mode.”

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