Sergei Ryabkov: Issue of lifting sanctions on Russia not discussed with Nuland. Source: TASS
Russia is disappointed with the current state of Russian-U.S. bilateral relations and put the entire blame for their deterioration on the U.S.
"We are checking the clocks. The situation in our bilateral relations is generally depressing and we blame Washington for that," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax after meeting with U.S. Assistant secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Moscow on May 18.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister has denied the possibility of any geopolitical deals or exchanges with the U.S. in the context of Ukrainian settlement and the solution of the Syrian crisis.
"We didn't discuss that in that context and I generally don't know how such exchanges can be carried out because Moscow, the Russian Federation has an absolutely clear, understandable to everyone and firm position on Ukraine and Syria. It's not an object of any exchange,." Ryabkov said.
"Concerning the sanctions, we did not confirm plans to continue discussing this issue. But she did not insist, as a matter of fact, so the situation remains where it was," Ryabkov told.
"I did not discuss this issue. Americans introduced sanctions themselves. So let them decide on their own when and where they will lift them or cancel anything," he said.
Russia does not rule out the possibility of an increase in the number of contacts with America in the near future.
"We will continue our discussions. They have taken place before. Their frequency may have probably increased, but there are currently no specific agreements as to when, how, on what level and in connection with what such debate is possible," Ryabkov told.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Russia and met with the Russian president last week.
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