US President Joe Biden’s demand to release blogger Alexey Navalny comes down to “aggressive and unconstructive rhetoric,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
“This is very aggressive and unconstructive rhetoric, unfortunately,” the spokesperson told reporters on Friday. “Any hint of an ultimatum is absolutely unacceptable to us.”
The spokesperson stressed that Moscow would not pay attention to such statements.
According to Peskov, Russia hopes that the United States will show political will to continue cooperation, because despite many differences, there is a basis for cooperation. “We still expect Americans to show political will to continue communicating in areas that benefit us,” he added.
In his speech Thursday on foreign policy issues, Biden accused Russia of suppressing freedoms and demanded that Navalny be released. “The politically motivated imprisonment of Alexei Navalny and Russia’s efforts to suppress freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are a matter of deep concern to us and the international community,” Biden said. “He should be released immediately and unconditionally.”