MOSCOW, December 11. U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry on December 15 to visit Moscow with working visit, have informed in the Russian foreign Ministry. During the talks with foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov “is expected to exchange views on bilateral cooperation matters and current international issues”, informed in depodesta.
“The situation in Russian-American relations remains difficult. A series of confrontational steps taken by Washington under the pretext of the Ukrainian crisis, affected the cooperation between our countries, – stated in the Ministry. Since March 2014, the United States froze the activities of the bilateral presidential Commission, several steps were introduced restrictive measures against Russian citizens and organizations”.
“Responding on the basis of reciprocity for similar actions, including dangerous steps in the military sphere, Russia has consistently points to the need to comply with in relations the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference in internal Affairs, – noticed the Minister. – Continue working with Washington on areas where such cooperation is in Russia’s interests and objectives to the maintenance of international security”.
The main issues
One of the Central places in the dialogue, stressed in the Ministry, takes up the problem of counter-terrorism.
The foreign Ministry has noticed that Russia actively works with U.S. and other partners “to create conditions for launching the political process” in Syria based on Geneva communiqué of 2012.
“In trade and economic sphere, most American companies want to continue working on the Russian market, – noted in the Ministry. Despite the sanctions, the bilateral trade volume in 2014 increased by 5.6 percent to 29.2 billion dollars.” In the current year, continued in the foreign Ministry, “the mutual trade shows a negative trend, a decrease of 30%”.
In Moscow regularly put the question “on the settlement of the problems created by Washington in the bilateral agenda even before the crisis in Ukraine.”
“Demand an end to the “hunting” of U.S. law enforcement agencies for Russian citizens in third countries, – stressed in dipvedomstva. – Pay special attention to the protection of the rights of Russian adopted children abused by American adoptive parents”.
The Ministry noted that “despite difficulties in the relationship, continues to implement several dozens of Russian-American agreements.” Among them is the Agreement on measures for the further reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms from 2010, “plays a critical role in ensuring strategic stability in the world”, added the Minister.
“We hope that the visit of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry to Russia – the second this year – will contribute to the normalization of Russian-American relations, from the atmosphere which largely depends on the climate in the world arena”, – said the foreign Ministry.
The U.S. state Department also confirmed the information about the visit of Secretary of state and his meeting with the head of the Russian foreign Ministry and Vladimir Putin. About this informed the official representative of US state Department mark Toner.
According to him, the meetings will discuss the situation in Syria and the fight against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (banned in Russia), as well as the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine on the basis of the Minsk agreements.
The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has not excluded earlier that the Kremlin may accept the Secretary of state.