In an interview to Italian daily La Repubblica, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, Washington hopes for a more stable and profitable relationship with Moscow, however, if the latter continues to “attack”, Washington will be forced to respond.
“If Russia continues to attack us, or to act as it did with the SolarWind attacks, the intrusions into our elections and the aggression against Navalny, then we will respond,” said Blinken.
The comments made Blinken, who was in Rome for a meeting on international efforts to combat Islamist militia, was in reference to cyber attacks from Russian individuals.
Earlier this month during a summit in Geneva, U.S. President Joe Biden had told Russian President Vladimir Putin that certain critical infrastructure should be “off-limits” to cyberattacks.
Blinken went on to add, the US relations with China was “the most complicated” and that the US respected the different relations countries had with Beijing and would not ask any of them to choose between the two countries.
“It is, however, true that when we deal with China – as an opponent, a rival or a partner – we are much more effective if we act together,” said Blinken.
He went on to add, Italy had made important efforts in drafting legislation aimed at protecting its 5G network from “unreliable sellers” and that it should continue to carry out checks should other countries invest in this critical infrastructure.
Many countries are avoiding using 5G equipment made by Huawei citing security risks.
Huawei has rejected the accusations.