Russia and the United States are not in conflict, said Ryabkov

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotomonster Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov on the forum Primakov reading. 29 Jun 2017Russia and the United States are not in conflict, said Ryabkov© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

Russia and the United States are not in conflict, told reporters Thursday, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

«I don’t think that Russia and USA are in a state of conflict to begin with. I believe that Russia and the U.S. is experiencing not the best period in the development of their relationship, but there is an opportunity to improve them, including in relation to the middle East region,» Ryabkov said following the discussion at the event «Primakov’s reading.»

According to the diplomat, this «need to act more responsibly, to show respect for each other’s interests and be guided by a common agenda, the focus of which should find the task of combating terrorism.»

«If you perform these three conditions together, the relationship between Russia and the United States can be straightened, put on a more consistent, smooth course.»

Speaking about the continuation of the dialogue at the level of Deputy Ministers of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the United States, Ryabkov stressed that to date no such agreement.

«Although we hope that this dialogue will continue. I draw attention to the fact that the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has previously stressed that consultation with the master (the US Undersecretary of state Thomas) Shannon is not canceled, but simply postponed. When the conditions for the continuation of this contact goes, I think we will agree on a mutually acceptable date,» added the Russian diplomat.

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