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Biden’s Munich remarks raise concern about US-Russia ties - Russian diplomat

At the same time, Dmitry Polyanskiy underlined that the US and Russia could cooperate on many issues

UNITED NATIONS, February 24. /TASS/. Statements of US President Joe Biden about Russia at the Munich Security Conference raise concerns about the bilateral relations, Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy told a briefing Wednesday.

"They (Biden’s remarks - TASS) are naturally giving cause for concerns about how we will substantially cooperate with the US," The Russian diplomat highlighted the fact that "the logic of containing Russia <…> of Russia being an enemy" is still there and, therefore, "it’s very difficult to imagine how the interaction with us might change with such starting positions of the new administration."

At the same time, Polyanskiy underlined that the US and Russia could cooperate on many issues. "It takes two to tango, we are ready to dance, but we need a good and reliable partner who knows all the moves and respects us as a country," he concluded.

On February 19, Biden delivered a speech at the special online session of the Munich Security Conference and claimed that Russia seeks to weaken NATO and the European project. He also accused Russia of being behind the cyber attacks on the US and Europe. According to him, it is critically important to react to these actions to protect the common security of the US and its allies.