Sullivan: consultations with allies are needed to determine the timing of new negotiations with the Russian Federation
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The timing of new negotiations between the United States and Russia on security guarantees has not yet been determined. This was announced by Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Jake Sullivan during a briefing at the White House. His words are quoted by TASS.
“There is no set date for any further talks,” he said.
He explained that in order to determine the way forward after the talks held this week, Washington needs to first consult with allies. According to Sullivan, the US maintains contacts both with its partners and with Russia.
“As for the next steps in the diplomatic plan, we remain in contact with our allies, partners, as well as the Russians, to determine in the coming days what will happen next,” he said.
Sullivan noted that the United States considers diplomacy the most reasonable approach to resolve differences with Russia. He also added that it is Russia now “to determine whether it agrees to further diplomatic contacts.”
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia today has no grounds for new meetings with representatives of the United States on security guarantees in Europe. According to the diplomat, Washington and Brussels do not want to discuss Moscow's main demands.
Over the past week, Russia has held three rounds of negotiations around its proposals for security guarantees in Europe. The first (with a delegation from the United States) was held on January 10 in Geneva, the second (as part of the meeting of the Russia-NATO Council) on January 12 in Brussels, and the third (at the OSCE site) on January 13 in Vienna.