"The United States and, I believe, our NATO allies do not seek ways of confrontation with Russia," the State Department spokeswoman said. She emphasized that the current relations with Russia should be "based on specific steps that Russia has to make, especially with regard to Ukraine."
Harf clarified that it primarily refers to the Minsk agreement, the implementation of which is simply ignored by the Russian side. The representative of the State Department called for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. "The diplomatic path is always open, and the Secretary of State (John Kerry - ed.) has made it very clear," Harf said.