The Russian ambassador to the U.S. has been summoned to Moscow for consultations, a Russian foreign ministry spokesman said, as the Kremlin determines the next steps in relations with the U.S. under the Biden administration.
The announcement that Anatoly Antonov had been summoned to Moscow came a day after a U.S. intelligence report said for the first time that Russian President Vladimir Putin attempted to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election with the intention of hurting President Biden’s campaign.
U.S. intelligence agencies previously have said Moscow tried to interfere in the 2016 election. Russian officials have repeatedly denied any effort to influence the outcome of U.S. elections.
A statement by the Russian foreign ministry said the most important thing for Moscow was to identify ways to rectify the relationship, blaming Washington for bringing relations between the two countries to “a blind alley.”
Mr. Antonov was appointed as Russia’s top envoy in Washington in August 2017. He was previously the deputy foreign minister responsible for military and political security.
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