United States of America
Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland
On October 12, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov met with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.
The officials discussed the status and prospects of bilateral relations. They paid special attention to the operation of the diplomatic missions on each other’s territory. Mr Ryabkov emphasised that the hostile anti-Russian actions will not remain unanswered although Moscow does not seek to further escalate tensions. He suggested removing all restrictions that both sides have introduced in the past few years.
Ms Nuland was told that the continuation of Washington’s line toward confrontation on the bilateral agenda and in the context of acute international and regional problems can only result in the further degradation of Russian-US relations. It is necessary to adopt a realistic approach and build bilateral ties on the principles of equality and mutual consideration of each other’s interests.
Deputy Defence Minister, Colonel General Alexander Fomin also took part in the meeting.