September 29, 2022

Maria Zakharova announced the absence of active negotiations with the United States

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Contacts with the United States are made only on separately arising problems and are targeted, the representative of the Foreign Ministry explained. Russia spent half a year “building up negotiations” on security and Ukraine, but this did not work

At the moment, Russia does not have any active negotiation process with the United States, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

“We have such separate contacts on separately arising problems – and not even on problems and questions, but on problems. Point contacts,” said the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to her, for half a year Russia has been actively involved in the buildup of negotiations on cybersecurity, global security, and Ukraine. “All this was not born,” Zakharova said.

Earlier, she noted that before the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Washington refused to negotiate with Moscow on security guarantees. According to Zakharova, the American side sent a message to Russia from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, which “enough in a boorish manner” outlined the unwillingness of the United States to negotiate with Russia.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in an interview with RBC the day before, said that the situation around Ukraine could not be resolved peacefully, because the West did not want it. “This is an epochal moment in modern history. It reflects the battle for what the world order will look like,” the minister explained.

Last December, Russia handed over draft security guarantees to the United States and NATO, which, among other things, proposed excluding the expansion of the North Atlantic Alliance and refusing to admit the countries of the former USSR to it. Moscow also called for the non-deployment of US military bases on the territory of these states. The projects proposed to abandon the installation of weapons where the other side may perceive this as a threat. Three rounds of talks were held in January, but they did not produce concrete results. Later, Washington gave Moscow a written response in which it refused to compromise NATO’s “open door” principle.

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