The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that consultations between the Russian and U.S. foreign and defense ministers in the 2+2 format will take place in Washington on Friday.
"In line with agreements reached at a meeting between presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Lough Erne on June 17, joint consultations between the heads of foreign political and defense agencies of Russia and the United States will take place in Washington on August 9," a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry's website reads.
"Particular attention is expected to be paid to the missile defense issue, which has remained one of the most serious irritants in bilateral relations," the statement reads.
Moscow hopes that the U.S. side "is getting tuned to a serous and constrictive conversation in order to reach mutually acceptable solutions to this problem," it reads.
The parties are also expected to discuss prospects for further interaction on arms control, space security and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The ministers also intend to discuss some topical issues on the bilateral military agenda and exchange opinions on the most acute regional problems.
"As for Syria, one will have to assess progress in implementing earlier reached agreements on holding an international conference on the political settlement of Syria's internal conflict. Moreover, one will discuss Afghanistan in the context of the upcoming withdrawal of the international forces from this country, as well as the situation on the Korean peninsula and surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue," the statement reads.
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