US to continue diplomatic ties with Russia: State Dept.

The US government will continue its diplomatic ties with Russia, says the US State Department, rejecting the Kremlin’s remarks that almost all communication channels between the two sides were “frozen.”

“It’s difficult to know exactly what is meant by this comment, but diplomatic engagement with Russia continues across a wide range of issues,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Wednesday.

“That we have significant differences with Moscow on some of these issues is well known, but there hasn’t been a break in dialogue,” he added.

Kirby’s remarks were a response to an earlier statement by Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, who said mutual ties with the White House were marred by “an extreme degree of distrust.”

“With the United States, nearly all levels of dialogue are in a frozen state. We do not communicate with each other or do it minimally,” Peskov told the MIR television network, adding, “President…

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