| 24 May 2024, Friday |

Russia not expecting progress at talks with U.S. on visas, diplomats -agencies

Russia stated on Saturday that it does not expect progress in negotiations with the US in the coming weeks on problems such as visas and the size and operation of their embassies, according to Russian news media.

With relations already at post-Cold War lows, Moscow and Washington are at odds over the amount of diplomats they can send to each other’s countries, though Russia has stated that it is willing to relax recent limits.

On Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that recent meetings with Washington had just consisted the two sides repeating their previously announced stances, but that a new round of negotiations will take place in a third nation in the coming weeks.

“There is no progress, and it appears that none is expected,” Ryabkov said, according to Interfax.

During Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s visit to Moscow last month, the US and Russia failed to make significant progress on the embassy conflict.

The U.S. State Department is getting to the point of being able to maintain only a “caretaker presence” in Russia, a senior department official said in late October, with just 120 staff at the embassy in Moscow.

Russia has just over 400 diplomats in the United States, including its delegation to the United Nations in New York, the U.S. official said.

“The Americans need to simply increase the number of their staff in Russia to restore normal consular and visa services,” Ryabkov said on Saturday.

TASS cited Ryabkov as saying that the next round of U.S.-Russia talks on strategic stability could take place in January.

  • Reuters