Lavrov asked Bolton to accelerate the response to the proposal for a strategic dialogue

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae in fotomancer of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. Archival photoLavrov asked Bolton to accelerate the response to the proposal for a strategic dialogue© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Pescaprae the image Bank

The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he asked the adviser to the us President for national security John Bolton to accelerate the US response to the Russian proposal for the resumption of the strategic dialogue between the two countries at the level of Deputy foreign Ministers. According to him, the visit of Bolton confirmed the importance of dialogue between Russia and USA on strategic stability.

«Returning to the problem of strategic stability, at a meeting in the Kremlin also said that the dialogue on all its aspects was recognized by the us and the American side, as confirmed by the visit of John Bolton, very relevant. Because, as you can see, have already disappeared the ABM Treaty, all our attempts even in the absence of a contract to establish some intelligible dialogue with the US and NATO have not yet find the response», — told the Minister in interview to the program «Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin» on TV channel «Russia-1».

Lavrov stressed that the INF Treaty will soon disappear, and the fate of the start-3 and is unclear.

«In this regard, speaking about how things converge or diverge with the words, I remember a proposal to resume the format of a strategic dialogue at the level of Deputy foreign Ministers. Want to mention that my Deputy Sergei Ryabkov sent in June of this year that offer a new under Secretary for arms control Andrea Thompson. Since June she is unable even to indicate what is convenient for her day or days could be declared for such consultations. I asked Bolton to accelerate the response to this question», — said the head of the Russian foreign Ministry.

According to him, to respond to the proposal promised U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo in Helsinki.

«I reminded him about it in September, when a meeting of five foreign Ministers of permanent members of the UN security Council. But for now, maybe Pompeo «hands full» of other urgent matters. So I hope that Bolton such a signal is still sent,» — said Lavrov.

He noted that if the result of the arrival of Bolton and his talks with Putin «will be the understanding that it is necessary to renew the agreement on the dialogue on strategic stability» in the framework of the dialogue «view, and whether it is in the current situation to think of some new instrument, it will be a big positive.»

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