Feb 17, 2021
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Ryabkov: Russia is ready to conduct an in-depth audit of relations with the United States

Moscow is ready to analyze what the Joe Biden team is ready to preserve from the legacy of previous administrations, Sergei Ryabkov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to the Deputy Minister, today Russia does not have a holistic picture of what the Americans expect from the relations between the two states. After all, so far we can only talk about “the first establishing contacts”: the conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joseph Biden, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.

Sergei Ryabkov emphasized that the legacy of the previous administrations of the White House contains positive examples of cooperation, in particular, these are space projects and de-conflict in Syria.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, Moscow is ready to “calmly” conduct an audit of relations with Washington. However, from the first days of work on the normalization of US relations, it is necessary to understand that “it will not be possible to conduct a conversation with Russia from a position of strength,” Ryabkov stressed.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced the continuation of Russia’s implementation of the Open Skies Treaty, despite the launch of domestic procedures for withdrawing from the agreement.

It was also reported yesterday that Moscow and Washington are not negotiating a possible exchange of Paul Whelan. A citizen of the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Whelan was detained in Moscow on suspicion of spying for the American intelligence services.

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