It is difficult to expect any crucial decisions because this administration’s doing state last month, said the head of the Center Voyenno-political researches of Institute of the USA and Canada Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Batyuk. He noted that Lavrov and Kerry are topics worthy of discussion, including the situation in Syria and Ukraine.
MOSCOW, 11 Dec. Do not expect that the arrival of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry to Moscow will entail momentous decision, said the head of the Center Voyenno-political researches of Institute of the USA and Canada Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Batyuk.
On Friday the Russian foreign Ministry and the U.S. state Department reported that Kerry December 15, will visit Russia and will meet with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
In the statement of the Deputy spokesman of state Department Mark Toner said in particular that during the meeting will discuss efforts to achieve political transition in Syria and the efforts to combat ISIS, Kerry will stress the need for full implementation of the Minsk obligations. Earlier, the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov did not rule out that Kerry will meet Vladimir Putin.
Themes for gentlemen
“It is difficult to expect any crucial decisions. First of all, because this administration’s doing state the last months, in November of the next year presidential election will be held, will have a new team, and in fact the Obama administration now thinks not so much how to achieve any large-scale political results, but rather about how to take the case,” he said.
However, as noted by Batiuk, Lavrov and Kerry have topics worthy of discussion, including the situation in Syria and Ukraine.
“These two gentlemen have something to talk about. Since the situation in Syria and ending the situation in Ukraine, which is more, unfortunately, getting worse. I think their conversation will be very intense. Another thing, what results they can come”, — said the Agency interlocutor.
Isolation of Russia never took place
The head of the Center Voyenno-political researches of Institute of USA and Canada studies believes that the fact that the upcoming meeting of Lavrov and Kerry contradicts the statements about Russia by U.S. President Barack Obama.
“This meeting, of course, tells us that the promised isolation of Russia was not held and in actual fact the United States is very important to maintain a dialogue with our country,” — said the expert.
“And this dialogue addresses a variety of issues, not only terrorism, but also, for example, environmental problems, since Russia and USA are the biggest polluters of the environment. Let me reiterate: Moscow and Washington have something to talk about,” added Batiuk.
The expert believes that Kerry and Lavrov will also discuss relations between Russia and Turkey.
“Will discuss Turkey? Of course. And this dialogue, I think, will not be in the format of “America protects its ally in NATO”. Actually, the Americans have very serious questions to the current Turkish leadership, and in this sense they will find in Moscow benevolent interlocutor,” said Batiuk.
Relations of Russia and Turkey are in crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. The Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “stab in the back” by the accomplices of terrorists. Russia from January 1, 2016, prohibits the importation from Turkey a number of products, particularly chicken, tomatoes, onions, cauliflower, cucumbers, oranges and tangerines, grapes, apples, pears, peaches and plums, strawberries.