Oct 14, 2021
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In Washington, Nuland’s visit to Moscow was called “productive”

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation does not see much progress in negotiations with Nuland

Visit of the US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs ends Victoria Nuland to Moscow, during which she met with the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov, with Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for International Affairs Yuri Ushakov, with the deputy head of the presidential administration Dmitry Kozak and with other officials.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters what topics were discussed at the meeting with the US Deputy Secretary of State.

“We discussed in great detail the entire bilateral bloc. This was the main focus. Among the international topics, in the foreground was the problem of strategic stability and the prospects for continuing work in this area, ”

– said the diplomat.

According to him, the topic of Afghanistan was also discussed.

And although the American edition Wall Street Magazine assured on the eve that Moscow itself offers Washington to use its military bases in Asia, Victoria Nuland made it clear that “Moscow does not accept American presence in Central Asia”, noted Ryabkov.

The emergence of the AUKUS association, which includes Australia, Britain and the United States, is also causing concern in Moscow. The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia drew attention to the fact that Australia is a non-nuclear state and I would like to know whether the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons will be implemented “In the context of cooperation with two nuclear states”

On the whole, Sergei Ryabkov believes that it was not possible to achieve much progress during the meeting, which lasted more than an hour and a half, since the American side is not ready to heed Russia’s demands.

“The positions of the parties do not fit well. Americans do not listen to our logic and our demands. But nevertheless, the conversation was useful “,

– the deputy minister is sure.

Victoria Nuland after negotiations refused to answer journalists’ questions. Instead, the negotiations were commented on by the press secretary of the American embassy in Moscow Jason Rebholz, calling the negotiations constructive.

“Deputy Secretary of State Nuland: today constructive meetings were held to discuss a number of bilateral, regional and global issues with partners in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation”,

– very restrained wrote Rebholz.

But overseas, we are confident that the meeting was not only constructive, but also productive, especially on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, on this issue the interests of Moscow and Washington coincide, the White House press secretary emphasized at a briefing. Jen Psaki

And the head of the press service of the State Department Ned Price called Nuland’s Moscow talks “open and useful,” especially in the area of ​​cybersecurity.

According to the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, the past negotiations should be commented on by the Foreign Ministry, which acted as the host. However, he is confident that such meetings are necessary. At the same time, one should not expect any breakthrough agreements right away.

“There is no need to complain that some breakthrough agreements are not immediately obtained, this is hardly possible. The archives of our bilateral relations are too large, they cannot be cleared out so quickly, but, of course, such contacts are needed. Everything is developing well when compared with the period before Geneva. Then there were no contacts at all, but today there is a positive development in our bilateral relations, ”

– Peskov told reporters.

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