State Department spokesman Price: the US and the Russian Federation will discuss bilateral issues at the talks in Geneva
Ned Price. Photo: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
US State Department Press Officer Ned Price said the talks between the US and Russia in Geneva as part of the Strategic Stability Dialogue would be limited to bilateral issues. His words are reported by RIA Novosti.
According to him, issues related to NATO and the EU will be discussed at other venues. “Our important principle is not to discuss anything concerning them without them. We will not discuss topics related to NATO or Europe, we will talk about narrow and bilateral issues, ”Price stressed.
He recalled that in addition to the dialogue on strategic stability between the United States and the Russian Federation scheduled for January 10, a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council will be held in Vienna on January 12, and then talks will be held at the OSCE site in Vienna on January 13.
Price stressed that “some of the Russian proposals are bilateral in nature, while some relate to multilateral issues” that the United States will not discuss with Moscow without the participation of allies. “However, even with regard to the bilateral format (with Russia), we will continue to act transparently with our allies and partners,” the State Department official said.