The degree of far-fetched tension in relations between the two largest nuclear powers – Russia and the United States – “has risen so unnaturally high that it is necessary to include all formats and return to normal, constructive cooperation between Moscow and Washington.” This was stated by Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, following a round table held in the State Duma with the participation of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.
“We discussed the crisis in Russian-American relations, measures to get out of it as soon as possible and, of course, a set of measures to ensure security guarantees for the Russian Federation,” the parliamentarian noted at a press approach.
He stressed that this discussion and its results “are the forerunners” of the “government hour” scheduled for January 2022 with the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Slutsky added that the problems of relations between the two countries “are not only important, but also urgent.” The MP expressed the hope that his colleagues in the United States would properly respond to the proposals that were submitted to them.
“We also expect that our colleagues in the plane of parliamentary diplomacy, representatives of both chambers – the House of Representatives, the Senate of the US Congress – will contact us in the near future. In this case, we will be able to resume the work of the Duma-Congress format. Today, the degree of contrived, artificial, I would say, dislocated tension in relations between the two major nuclear powers has risen so unnaturally high that it is necessary to include all formats and return to common sense, return to reality, return to normal, constructive cooperation between Moscow and Washington “, Stressed Leonid Slutsky.
In turn, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov noted that a very “deep, professional” conversation had taken place.
“Today the State Duma Committee on International Affairs held an important round table in which I happened to take part. Our experts from a number of political science centers also took part, the situation with European security was discussed in the light of the initiatives on the security guarantees of the Russian Federation, which, on the instructions of the President, were introduced by us and transferred to the Americans, then transferred to NATO, ”he said.
Sergei Ryabkov expressed the hope that “in keeping with the implementation of the president’s plans, it will still be possible to achieve a clear response from the West,” above all from the United States, and “to begin the process of developing legally binding security guarantees of the Russian Federation in the form of two agreements that are interconnected and cannot be pulled apart piece by piece. , by elements “.
“We proceed from the assumption that our American colleagues are well aware that the situation is rather complicated and tense. A responsible approach is important here. It is necessary to act on the platform, on the basis that we have proposed in accordance with the instructions of the president, ”stressed the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.