The head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price, answered the question of how the United States might react to the proposal of the Russian Foreign Ministry to remove all mutual restrictions concerning the work of missions abroad. He made a statement on Tuesday, October 12, at a regular briefing, he is quoted as saying TASS…
According to him, diplomacy should be left to people like US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
He called on Russia to show “fairness and flexibility” to reach agreements, and also noted that the countries agreed on another round of negotiations. Price also expressed hope that the US mission in Moscow would be able to continue its normal work. According to him, further consultations will be held at a lower level.
Price said that a fully or adequately staffed embassy in Moscow is important in terms of the US goal of “ensuring the free flow of information for the responsible maintenance of bilateral relations with Moscow.” At the same time, he did not answer unequivocally the question of whether Washington is ready to mutually lift all restrictions on the work of the foreign missions of the Russian Federation and the United States. However, according to him, the United States needs diplomatic interaction at a number of levels with the government in Moscow.
The US proposal to lift all mutual restrictions in recent years was made on October 12 by Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Ryabkov during his meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
In addition, during the talks, Nuland and Ryabkov discussed issues of strategic stability and prospects for continuing work in this area. Following the meeting, Ryabkov said that Moscow had recalled the unacceptability of the US military presence in Central Asia. He also pointed out that during the talks with Nuland, Russia’s concern was expressed in connection with the new AUKUS alliance (Australia, Great Britain, the United States) in the context of the nuclear non-proliferation regimes.
The Deputy Secretary of State flew to Moscow on October 11. On October 12, she met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, diplomats discussed issues of strategic stability and prospects for continuing work in this area. Nuland herself called the meeting with partners from the Russian Foreign Ministry constructive, said the press secretary of the American embassy in Moscow, Jason Rebholz. Among other things, Nuland talked about enjoying the Indian summer in Moscow. The diplomat added that the American side hopes to consult with the Russian government, as well as the business community and alumni of the US exchange programs. In addition, she visited the Garage Museum in the capital.
During the talks, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland discussed the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) and Iran’s nuclear program. Price stressed that the JCPOA is one of those areas in which Moscow and Washington have common interests, in particular, preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. He noted that the two countries have a number of disagreements on a wide range of issues, but “when it comes to our common interest in the mutual return of the United States and Iran to comply with the JCPOA, this is the area where the interests of the United States and the Russian Federation coincide.”
Earlier Ryabkov said that in exchange for Nuland’s entry to Russia, Acting Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Konstantin Vorontsov received a US visa. “We are satisfied that such an exchange has taken place,” the diplomat added. At the same time, according to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the Russian authorities agreed to organize a visit by Nuland to Moscow after Washington promised to remove some of the Russians from the sanctions lists.
Since 2019, Nuland has been on the black lists of Moscow and could not get into the territory of Russia. One of the reasons for the expulsion from there was that the diplomat currently holds an official position in the American administration. According to other sources, the Russian authorities agreed to organize Nuland’s visit to Moscow after Washington promised to remove some of the Russians from the sanctions lists.