Russia’s deputy foreign minister: First talks with US in Geneva were complicated but factual

Wiceminister spraw zagranicznych Rosji Siergiej Riabkow ocenił po niedzielnym spotkaniu w Genewie z zastępczynią sekretarza stanu USA Wendy Sherman, że ich rozmowa była złożona, ale rzeczowa - podaje Reuters, powołując się na rosyjskie agencje.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said after a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Geneva on Sunday that their talks were complex but factual, Reuters reports, citing Russian agencies.

“The conversation was complicated, it couldn’t be simpler. As a rule, it was to the point, I don’t think we’re wasting our time tomorrow“- commented Ryabkov, referring to the next round of talks scheduled for Monday.” I never lose my optimism, I always adhere to it,” he said.

The deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, quoted by the RIA agency, also assessed that Sherman “withHe delved into what was to come. ,

The US side in a State Department announcement said that during the meeting, US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman “emphasized the United States’ adherence to international principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the independence of sovereign nations to choose their allies.” ” ,

Earlier on Sunday, Ryabkov said that Russia is ready to discuss in detail the so-called issues of Moscow at the Geneva point. security guarantee.

He also declared that Russia “will not make any concessions under pressure and in the face of persistent threats posed by Western participants in the ensuing talks,” and that diplomatic efforts may end abruptly after a meeting and “Americans … should have no illusions about it.”

In return, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he did not think Any success has been achieved in Geneva, and progress will be difficult when “Russia arms the Temple of Ukraine.”

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On 17 December, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued the so-called . Published proposals relating to security guarantees that Moscow demands from the West. It is a draft “Treaty between the Russian Federation and the United States of America on Security Guarantees” and a draft of the Russia-NATO Agreement. Moscow wants, among others, an end to NATO’s military support for Ukraine, a withdrawal from the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance, and an end to all military activity near Russia’s borders.

Sunday’s talks between representatives of the US and Russian officials inaugurated a series of diplomatic meetings between Russia and the US, which will continue on Monday.

The NATO-Russia Council will meet in Brussels on Wednesday and representatives of Russia and the OSCE will meet in Vienna on Thursday.

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