The words of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Washington and NATO are ready to continue the dialogue with Moscow caused Andrey Klimov, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, an ambiguous impression.
On January 10, in Geneva, Moscow and Washington held consultations on strategic stability. This was followed by a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels, as well as a meeting at the OSCE site in Vienna. Blinken said that he spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and also announced the readiness of the United States and NATO for further dialogue with Russia.
“This is a kind of sign of reasonableness. But there is a feeling that this is perhaps a way to chat up the whole negotiation story … That is, this message in itself indicates that Washington is not going to interrupt the Russian-American dialogue. But it must be clarified: this is an attempt to delay process or an attempt to move into a constructive one,” commented RT Klimov Blinken’s words.
According to the senator, it is worth waiting a bit and see what is at stake. Thus, it is still unclear in what format and when the next meetings will take place.
“And, most importantly, will we be presented with written proposals from Washington? We asked them to do just that – to provide us with written demands as soon as possible,” he added.