Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s consultations with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon
On July 17, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations in Washington, D.C. with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon on pressing bilateral issues.
The two officials continued to look for ways to resolve pending issues, specifically regarding the illegal seizure of Russian property in the United States by the Barack Obama Administration. Russia stressed that if Washington does not address this and other concerns, including persistent efforts to hinder the operation of Russia’s diplomatic missions, Russia has the right to take retaliatory measures in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.
Mr Ryabkov and Mr Shannon also discussed a number of current issues related to strategic stability. Russia reiterated to its US partners its readiness to resume regular dialogue on this issue after it was suspended by the previous administration. It is now up to Washington to take the relevant steps.