Foreign announced RussianWednesday March 17, 2021, summoning its ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, to Moscow; To consult and analyze the prospects for the future relationship with Washington, according to what was confirmed by Sputnik news agency, quoting a statement issued by Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, on Wednesday evening.
The summoning of the Russian ambassador came after statements in which Biden attacked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, describing him as a “killer.”
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman confirmed on the same occasion that Moscow “is interested in avoiding any irreversible deterioration of bilateral relations between the two countries if the Americans are aware of the serious implications of that.”
She also added that Moscow’s intention is “to identify possible ways to restore Russian-American relations, which are in a crisis phase, due to Washington’s policy.”
Before continuing, the US administration is close to passing the symbolic 100-day phase of assuming power, and it is a good occasion to try to assess what Joe Biden’s team succeeded in, and what did not succeed in it.
He launched it in an interview with “ABC News”, shown on Wednesday, in which he said that he agreed with Putin “a murderer”, adding that the Russian president “would pay the price for his interference in the American elections.”
He also noted during the interview, that he had warned Putin of a “possible response” to any interference he had in the recent US elections, during a call between them in late January.
And Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the CIA issued an unclassified report on foreign interference in the 2020 elections, concluding that Putin oversaw “sweeping efforts” aimed at negatively affecting Biden’s election campaign and “distorting it,” according to the same source.
A new American escalation
In conjunction with the Russian statement, the US Commerce Department announced, on Wednesday, the expansion of export restrictions to Russia, due to the issue of poisoning the opposition Alexei Navalny.
The ministry said in a statement, “The Bureau of Industry and Security of the Ministry of Commerce (BIS) will expand export restrictions to Russia, in accordance with the decision of March 2, 2021, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, against the background of the Russian government’s use of lethal chemical or biological materials against its citizens, In violation of international law. “
According to the statement, the new trade restrictions will take effect tomorrow, Thursday.
The statement also stressed that “the Russian government has committed a flagrant violation of its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, exposing its citizens and the citizens of other countries, directly, to mortal danger, by using nerve gas against its opponents.”
The same statement stated, “The Ministry of Commerce is committed to preventing Russia from obtaining sensitive American technologies that may be used in its malicious chemical weapons activities.”
The statement pointed out that the new sanctions include exports related to national security, while keeping some exceptions, including: the elements necessary for the safety of civil aviation passengers, exports that are intended for Russian citizens, and items designated for wholly owned American subsidiaries and other foreign subsidiaries of American companies located in Russia, As well as elements related to the space sector.