Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that there are a “number of areas” where the US can work with Russia on security concerns.
“There are a number of areas where I think it would be possible for us to address each other’s concerns about the — about security in Europe in a way that is good for everyone — Europeans, Americans, and Russians,” Blinken said.
When asked for examples of areas of cooperation, Blinken said, “Arms control, greater transparency, risk reduction, the placement of missile systems, things of that nature.”
But Blinken said that the US wouldn’t compromise on NATO’s open-door policy, and one of Russia’s main demands is for a guarantee that Ukraine won’t ever join the Western military alliance.
During a press conference last week, President Biden also said NATO wouldn’t make such a promise to Russia. But Biden admitted that it’s “not likely” Ukraine will join NATO in the near future.
Blinken met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on Friday. After the meeting, Blinken said the US would be giving Russia a written response to its security proposals sometime this week.
During the interview on Sunday, Blinken also hyped up the threat of a Russian invasion of Ukraine and warned Moscow of “massive consequences.”