The representative of the department said that the purpose of the U.S. diplomatic presence in Russia is to be able to maintain contacts.

The U.S. Department of State stressed the importance of diplomatic relations with Russia, especially in the current period of international tension.

“We believe that diplomatic relations, the ability to clearly, effectively and often openly maintain contact are important at all times, but this is especially important during periods of increasing tension,” said Ned Price, head of the press service of the U.S. Department of State.

“This is the purpose of our diplomatic presence in Russia and around the world – to be able to maintain contacts with host countries,” he continued.

Price noted that U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan, as well as his deputies and colleagues, “maintain regular contacts with Russian colleagues on issues of mutual interest.”

A Department of State spokesman did not provide details.