According to him, any talks with Russia should be conducted from a position of strength. In this connection, he mentioned the well-known motto "peace through strength" included in the Republican Party platform every four years since 1980.
"We can't tell the future, but today's Russia can not be trusted fundamentally. Any affairs with Russia, whether situational or not, are only possible on the basis of these two viewpoints," the foreign minister said.
In his opinion, this position is supported by many U.S. officials.
"I had the opportunity to talk with the secretary of state, the new national security adviser, with a number of people from the new U.S. administration, and I believe that it was a very consistent signal. And I believe they understand which Russia they are dealing with," Klimkin said.