Antonov: Washington took a position of rigid rejection of the results of the summit Russia – the USA in Helsinki


MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. Washington took a position of rigid rejection to the outcome of the meeting of the presidents of Russia and USA Vladimir Putin and Donald trump in Helsinki. This was stated on Friday by the Russian Ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, speaking at the international discussion club “Valdai”.

“We expected that the reaction in Washington on the results of the summit will be mixed. But I didn’t expect to be the response of the rigid rejection of all that was discussed by the presidents,” he said.

“It is the presidents to come out with a press conference, and I began to receive TEXT messages from the Russian Embassy in Washington – my colleagues have monitored the press about how hard he took all the talk”, – noted the diplomat.

Moscow is open to new proposals about the meetings with Washington at the highest level, said the diplomat.

“It is necessary to implement understandings reached by the presidents in Helsinki. The task is not to multiply the number of summits, and to prepare them substantive, to develop a common understanding, to address the concerns of each other, – the diplomat noted. – Of course, we want that dialogue was constant to the leaders meeting from time to time, but regularly. The Russian side was always open to possible suggestions, we are ready to talk on this subject”.

“The question of how many of these summits need, when to hold them, decides the Kremlin”, – he added.

According to the diplomat, Russia and the US should resume dialogue in the format of “two plus two”.

“We need to reopen all channels of communication, including dialogue in the format of “two plus two”, he said. – I would like to see the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu met with the Pentagon chief James Mattis”.

16 July in the Helsinki talks of Vladimir Putin and Donald trump. It was the first full-format Russian-American summit since the election trump President of the United States in 2016. Prior to that, contacts between the two leaders was held on the sidelines of multilateral meetings.

Inter-parliamentary dialogue

The diplomat also said that the lawmakers plan to visit Russia.

“I plan to visit some colleagues, he said. – Don’t want to disclose their names.”

This Antonov noted that the visit of the delegation of Russian parliamentarians in the United States before the November mid-term elections in Congress is unlikely.

“I don’t know about the trip of the Russian Parliament. Before the elections in November, little chance, because the atmosphere is very toxic, – the diplomat said. – A lot of questions about what will happen in the election, whether the President [of the United States Donald trump] to keep the Republican majority in the Senate, what will happen to the House of representatives”.

Earlier, the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev told TASS that the visit of parliamentarians of States could take place in the first half of August.

US attempts to influence other countries

The US is trying to influence other countries to abandon military-technical cooperation with Russia and purchasing Russian weapons, also said Antonov.

“It’s no secret that the US state Department some time ago sent a telegram to all embassies abroad that all countries continued to cooperate in military-technical cooperation, – said Antonov. See what the conversations are regarding the Russian-Turkish contract for supply of systems. As heated debates go in other important buyers of Russian weapons”.

The US has repeatedly claimed that the purchase of the Turkey air defense missile systems s-400 from Russia is not in the interests of NATO, and stated that it will lead to sanctions against Ankara. May 23, Secretary of state Michael Pompeo said that the American side continues to work to ensure that Turkey has not purchased the system.

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