According to the diplomat, Russia is ready to resume the dialogue on strategic stability if the United States is also ready for it
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov
Russia is ready to resume dialogue with the United States on strategic security, if the United States also express readiness. This was stated by Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov in an interview with the American edition of Newsweek.
Unfortunately, Washington unilaterally froze the bilateral dialogue on strategic issues launched at the Geneva summit. This jeopardized the prospects for maintaining the foundations of arms control. Russia will be ready to resume consultations when the US is ready,— said the ambassador.
He also stressed that Russia does not threaten the United States and its allies in Europe and is making every effort to prevent the escalation of the crisis in Ukraine.
In addition, Antonov noted that the accusations sides of the Western countries in “aggressive nuclear rhetoric”; unfounded, and such speculation— “part of a propaganda campaign launched against Russia.”
A few months before the start of the conflict in Ukraine, in December 2021, Russia sent proposals for security guarantees to the US and NATO. She demanded that the Western countries legally consolidate the rejection of NATO expansion to the east and the non-alignment of Ukraine to the bloc, like other republics of the former USSR. In addition, the country's authorities demanded not to deploy strike weapons controlled by the alliance near the Russian borders and to withdraw the alliance's forces in Eastern Europe to the positions of 1997.
The parties held several rounds of negotiations, and also sent each other written responses to proposals, but in the end they could not reach an agreement on security guarantees.
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Already after the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Ryabkov said that the Russian proposals were no longer valid, since “the configuration has completely changed, now the situation is radically different.” At the same time, he said that Russia could resume dialogue on the topic of arms control, “if the Americans are ready for this.”
In early April, US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan also said that Moscow and Washington should continue discussing major security issues, including weapons of mass destruction. The ambassador acknowledged that in the current situation it is difficult to start a dialogue, but expressed the hope that negotiations will be resumed “for the benefit of all mankind”.
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