Meeting with Nuland produced ‘some measured results’ however American ‘ultimatums’ nonetheless an issue, Russian deputy FM tells RT

Talks with US diplomat Victoria Nuland led to some progress, however Washington’s insistence on unattainable embassy staffing ranges stays an impediment in relations with Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov stated.

Ryabkov spoke to RT on Wednesday, after assembly with the US deputy secretary of state. Nuland’s go to has attracted consideration by itself, since she needed to be taken off the Russian sanctions listing – in alternate for the US doing the identical for a Russian diplomat – however there have been additionally tangible outcomes, Ryabkov stated.

“We have also produced some measured results,” he informed RT, “in [the] form of agreeing to consult further at a lower level” to take care of essentially the most urgent points on the “extraordinarily difficult, troubling, agenda that we face.”

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Ryabkov selected to spotlight the difficulty on which little progress was made, nevertheless: the US insistence on diplomatic staffing ranges.

“One of the problems we see now is an endless – endless! – series of American demands, I would call them ultimatums, for us to adjust our diplomatic presence in the US according to their wishes,” he informed RT. 

The undeniable fact that the UN headquarters is in US territory signifies that Russia can’t scale back the variety of its diplomats any additional. Washington, in the meantime, is refusing to employees its embassy in Moscow – which might’t rent native employees because of Russian counter-sanctions – and has in impact stopped processing visas for hundreds of Russian residents.

The US is refusing to see the apparent, that they’ll “absolutely” have the required variety of diplomatic employees and course of visas, Ryabkov informed RT. “There is no flexibility, they only want us” to scale back our ranges.

Therefore we stated, that is the highway to nowhere.

If this continues, Russia might even “freeze the function” of diplomatic missions in each nations, which is an answer Moscow doesn’t need and has warned in opposition to, however which may be inevitable because of US intransigence, he defined.

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However, Ryabkov was optimistic on the prospects {that a} lower-level skilled committee may make progress on “bilateral irritants,” and stated the US and Russia can cooperate productively on many points, from cybersecurity to regional safety within the Korean peninsula, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran, in addition to commerce and funding.

Moscow has clearly briefed the US on its place concerning strategic arms management, with the attention on changing the New START treaty inside the subsequent 4 years. The Biden administration remains to be reviewing the US nuclear doctrine, nevertheless, so it’s “way too early to say” what they may do.

“We will see further down the road how serious the US is,” Ryabkov informed RT.

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Nuland, greatest recognized in Russia for handing out pastries to protesters in Ukraine in 2014 and cursing the EU in a recorded cellphone name, arrived in Moscow this week for a three-day working go to. In addition to Ryabkov, she met with Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin.

One of those conferences addressed the battle in south-east Ukraine, the place two areas broke off after the US-backed politicians took energy in Kiev by pressure. 

“A thorough and constructive dialogue took place regarding the settlement of the conflict in south-east Ukraine,” Dmitry Kozak, the Kremlin’s deputy chief of employees, informed the Russian each day Kommersant. “During the talks, the US confirmed its position…that significant progress toward the settlement of the conflict is unlikely without any agreement on future parameters of Donbass autonomy. In other words, giving the region a special status within Ukraine.”

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