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Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Greenland on May 20. Photo: Saul Loeb/pool/AFP via Getty Images

For the second time in a week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday the United States is looking to have a more "stable" and "predictable" relationship with Russia.

Why it matters: President Biden, who said in March that he believes Vladimir Putin is a "killer," has pledged to take a hard line against the Kremlin. The administration warned last month there would be consequences if jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies in custody.

What he's saying: "We would prefer a more stable, predictable relationship with Russia," Blinken said on CNN. He made similar remarks following a conversation last week with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

  • "There are clearly areas where it's in our mutual interest to find ways to cooperate. Whether it's on Afghanistan, whether it's on so-called strategic stability, arms control, agreements. Whether it's on dealing with climate change."
  • "But, equally clear, and the president has been very resolute on this: If Russia continues to take reckless and aggressive actions, aimed at us or aimed at our allies or partners, we will respond."
  • "Ultimately it is up to Russia to decide whether it wants to have that more predictable, stable relationship."

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Aug 25, 2021 - World

Up to 1,500 Americans still trying to flee Afghanistan, Blinken says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Getty Images

The U.S. has evacuated more than 4,500 Americans from Afghanistan, is in touch with 500 more people who are trying to get out, and believes up to 1,000 more Americans may want to evacuate, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.

Why it matters: With the window to conduct evacuations set to close within days, the number of Americans still in the country had been a critical unanswered question.

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FDA authorizes mix-and-match for COVID booster shots

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The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Wednesday gave its approval for Americans to get booster shots that are different from the COVID vaccine they initially received.

Why it matters: The recommendation from the FDA, which also authorized booster shots for people who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Wednesday, paves the way for an expansion of booster shots.

GOP congressman forfeits committee seats after indictment

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) on Wednesday stepped down from his committee assignments after being indicted for lying to federal investigators amid a probe into illegal campaign donations.

What they're saying: In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Fortenberry said he is "grateful for the outpouring of support from my friends and colleagues as we work against the injustice confronting me."

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