On Tuesday, US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that “Nuland was informed that the continuation of the Washington line of confrontation” would lead to a further deterioration of relations between the countries, and that “Moscow does not seek further escalation.” The Russian government has offered the United States to lift all restrictions imposed over the past few years, according to Voice of America.
It is noted that Nuland did not comment after the meeting with Ryabkov.
The Russian Voice of America spoke with Donald Jensen, an expert at the Institute for Peace, and Mark Pomar, a senior expert at the University of Texas, about Nuland’s visit to Moscow.
According to Jensen, Russia respects Nuland’s professionalism and experience.
“She knows both Russia and Ukraine well. I think they see her as a person who gives them a chance to talk to Americans on all these topics openly and honestly, even if they don’t agree with each other, “he said.
“Of course, they will talk about Afghanistan and maybe come to some agreement on US military bases in the region. No progress is expected on Ukraine and NATO, but it is worth a try. As for arms control, as we know, the United States and Russia have already held two rounds of talks since June on strategic stability, improving military equipment, deterrence policy, and cybersecurity, which is being actively discussed, “Jensen said.
Nuland’s visit to Russia was preceded by talks with the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Yermak. According to Nuland, Ermak shared his views on the conflict in Donbas and “further steps by Kyiv’s diplomacy to ensure the implementation of the Minsk agreements.”
Earlier it became known that Nuland’s visit took place after Washington and Russia lifted some mutual sanctions. The message about the mutual lifting of the sanction was criticized on the social network Twitter by the adviser of the Helsinki Commission of the Congress Paul Massaro.
“There are no new sanctions against the oligarchs, and now some sanctions against Russia have been lifted so that Nuland can visit that country. It looks like salt on wounds. And this despite the fact that Putin has stepped up operations to harm the repression at home, “Massaro said.
Timothy Ash, a British economist and expert on Ukraine, said that Nuland’s visit to Russia was part of the unfavorable situation for Ukraine in the international arena.
“Moscow says the EU should be friendlier to Russia to get more gas. Nuland in Moscow (what do you want?), EU representatives in Kyiv (can you give in to Russia’s demands?). Poor Ukraine, it lost 14,000 people defending the EU, and now it has to give up its sovereignty for the sake of European gas, “Ash tweeted.