Moscow considers that the talks held with the US undersecretary of state, Victoria Nuland, during her three-day visit to the Russian capital, were developed in an “honest” and “frank” manner, although differences persist.
The spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zajárova, rated this thursday of “useful” and “timely” the meetings held with Nuland, who left Moscow on Wednesday. “The conversation was very frank, without smoothing out the rough edges of the numerous problems and tensions in bilateral relations,” explained the press secretary.
Zajárova stressed that, “despite the continual crisis possibilities in bilateral relations, “both Russia and the US intend to” maintain dialogue so that bilateral relations are more stable and predictable“.
Nuland stayed in the Russian capital from October 11-13 and participated in a series of meetings with senior officials from various Russian departments in order to address bilateral and regional issues. Among other meetings, Nuland met on Tuesday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov, who described the meeting as “perfectly honest“, although he stressed that the positions of both parties have not yet converged. During the talks, Nuland and Riabkov addressed issues such as the crisis in Afghanistan and the alleged energy” pressure “from Moscow.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also noted that during the negotiations Nuland was told that the AUKUS trilateral alliance “threatens to undermine security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region, “while” posing risks to the international non-proliferation regime. ”
Shortly before, Russian President Vladimir Putin he pointed that Nuland had discussed with senior Russian officials the possibility of keeping high-level contacts between both States. Also, the president added that Moscow has “fairly constructive relationships“with Washington.