The State Department on Wednesday rejected Russia’s claim that all dialogue between the U.S. and Russia has ended.

“Dialogue has not been broken,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters Wednesday.

That contradicts Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, who said that communication with the U.S. was “frozen” on Wednesday. “Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen,” Peskov said, according to Russian media. “We don’t communicate with one another, or [if we do] we do so minimally.”

Kirby indicated the U.S. was confused about that statement, and noted that Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke Tuesday about the Syrian civil war. The Defense Department and Russian military officials also had a “deconfliction” videoconference Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to avoid a clash between American and Russian fighters flying in Syria.

“Certainly on the major issues and the issues that matter most, I mean, there continues to be dialogue,” Kirby said. “I’m not clear I understand what he meant by his comments.”

Peskov’s statement came one day after the Treasury Department issued new sanctions targeting Russian officials and companies in response to Russian destabilization of Ukraine.

“We regret that Washington continues this destructive line,” Peskov said, per TASS Russian News Agency. “We still disagree with this line and we believe that it very seriously harms our bilateral relations. Certainly, as this has been already in practice, the Russian side will take adequate measures.”

Kirby defended the sanctions on Tuesday, citing Russian-backed separatists ongoing attempts to seize more territory in eastern Ukraine.

“Over just the last two days, six Ukrainian service members have been killed and 33 wounded in a Russian separatist attempt to seize additional Ukrainian territory,” Kirby said. “The highest two-day casualty figure that we’ve seen since 2015.”

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