Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state under George W. Bush, said despite a pending investigation into Russiaâ€™s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, itâ€™s important for the two countries to put aside their differences.
â€œWe have problems with Russia and Ukraine. We have problems with Russia threatening our allies. We have problems with apparent reports that Russians are now supporting or arming the Taliban in Afghanistan, and so with that backdrop itâ€™s really important to get together with the Russian foreign minister to send strong messages about whatâ€™s acceptable and what isnâ€™t,â€ Rice said during an interview on the FOX Business Networkâ€™s Mornings with Maria.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Russia on Wednesday and meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss the ongoing crisis with Syria. Rice, who established the â€œTransformational Diplomacyâ€ initiative to revive American foreign policy â€“ especially in the Middle East during her term â€“ said the â€œroad to peace is unfortunately going to have to include Moscow and their interest.â€
â€œThe fact is that when the Russians decided to use military force there, they gave themselves leverage that we donâ€™t have, having decided not to do that,â€ she said.
Rice, who was also the first female African-American secretary of state, urged the U.S. and Russia to find common ground on North Korea.
â€œNobody wants a reckless North Korean leader with long-range nuclear [armed] missiles,â€ she said, adding, that if these missiles could reach Alaska, they could reach Vladivostock, Russia.