Jake Sullivan: Considering impeachment, foreign policy, and the way forward in 2021
National Security Advisor Joe Biden is also confident in the success of the START-3 extension
The new US administration is currently assessing the role that Russia has played on a range of international issues of concern to Washington and, based on the findings, will determine an adequate response to Moscow, Biden’s national security adviser noted on Friday, January 29 Jake Sullivan (Jake Sullivan).
Russia poses threats on many fronts, and part of what we have inherited [from the previous administration] is the need to decide how to effectively respond to some of these threats and challenges, be it the SolarWind cyberattack, the poisoning and use of chemical weapons against Navalny, reports of awards for the heads of American soldiers in Afghanistan or ongoing interference in American democracy, including the 2020 presidential election, Jake Sullivan said, speaking online at an event hosted January 29 by leading Washington think tanks led by the American Peace Institute (USIP). The United States will explore these questions, we will try to understand the nature and scope of each, and then determine how to respond at the appropriate time and of our choice..
Relations with Russia and Russia will be difficult, and President Biden is taking a clear, realistic and practical approach to this relationship, he added..
At the same time, Washington and Moscow need to deal with the fundamental issue of strategic stability between the two nuclear powers, Sullivan said: On this issue, the Biden administration immediately came into contact with Russia, saying that we would like to extend the new START III (Treaty on strategic and offensive arms) for five years and to do so before the expiration of the treaty on February 5. And I believe that we can achieve it.
At the same time, according to the US National Security Advisor, reaching an agreement on the extension of the START-3 Treaty should be the beginning of serious and lengthy negotiations on a range of nuclear challenges and threats that go beyond the framework of this new agreement, as well as other emerging security issues..
Therefore, the new US administration must act in such a way that the Kremlin cannot escape responsibility for aggressive behavior that poses a threat to the United States and its allies, while at the same time Washington has the opportunity to conduct credible, serious and clear negotiations on strategic stability in the field of arms..
And this is the approach that this administration will take, Sullivan noted..
President Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian (Robert O’Brien), who also took part in the event, stressed that the United States has never had problems with the Russian people, but only with its government..
He also expressed support for democratic development in Russia: Navalny is an incredibly brave man. And the fact that he returned to Russia after what happened to him inspires all of us.  It’s great to see the Russians defend their opinions, even though it costs them dearly. And this is something that we must be aware of and do our best to support them in such a way that this does not lead to new unrest, death and imprisonment. The people of Russia want democracy.
Earlier this week, President Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone, during which the head of the White House raised a number of topics, including the arrest of Alexei Navalny and the crackdown on peaceful protests in Russia..
White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki also told reporters that the US president called for the release of the Russian opposition leader and did not hide his outrage and concern over the actions of the Russian government..
The White House also reported that the United States and Russia have agreed to extend the START III term. Under the terms of the treaty, both sides are not entitled to deploy more than 1,500 strategic nuclear warheads..