State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Wednesday that relations between Russia and the USA still continue along a number of issues.
The statement was in response to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskovwho said mutual ties with Washington strained because of “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 [Vladimir] Putin has consistently advocated for a way out of this state.”
“It’s difficult to know exactly what is meant by this comment, but diplomatic engagement with Russia continues across a wide range of issues,” Kirby said in response to Peskov’s statement..
“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.