Ryabkov: on a number of issues in Russian-American relations, progress is possible

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fotomonster Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Ryabkov. Archival photoRyabkov: on a number of issues in Russian-American relations, progress is possible© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

. On some issues of relations with Russia and the US, there is an opportunity to move forward, but much remains to be done, it is important «to keep up the momentum», said Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said after meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of state Thomas Shannon in the Finnish capital.

«I don’t want to give the impression that here on complex and sensitive issues we had nothing more than an exchange of positions with arguments. In some aspects there are opportunities for practical movement forward, but while talking about them prematurely, because additional efforts will be required, additional expert study before we can say that progress is being made,» — said Ryabkov.

He noted that his two-day consultations with Shannon left a very mixed impression.

«It took a lot predictable, but nevertheless the work was mutually interested, very focused and professional… for a Long time such contact was not, and from this point of view, it is, of course, was very useful. In General, there is satisfaction from what I did, but there is an understanding of the need not to slow down, especially in bilateral cases where the formed pile, the rubble of the difficulties created by American colleagues intentionally and consciously. To deal with this, probably will need quite a long time,» added Ryabkov.