The Kremlin said on Monday it was interested in talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, but that negotiations are unlikely for now.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov added to reporters that Moscow is interested and believes that negotiations and discussions are needed on this issue in course.
For his part, US Ambassador to Moscow John J. Sullivan said Russia should not close the US Embassy in Moscow despite the crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, because it is necessary that the two largest nuclear powers in the world continue to dialogue, according to the news agency TASS.
Don’t close the embassy
In an apparent attempt to send a message to the Kremlin, Sullivan told the TASS news agency that Washington and Moscow simply shouldn’t cut off diplomatic relations.
Furthermore, Sullivan added: “We have to keep the ability to talk to each other.” She put in guard against removing Leo Tolstoy’s works from Western shelves or refusing to play Tchaikovsky’s music.
TASS quoted his comments in Russian and Reuters cited them in English.
We will never end our relationship
Commenting on this, Ambassador Sullivan said, “But we will never completely break up our relationship.”
When asked by TASS if the analogy meant embassies could close, Sullivan said, “They could… it’s a possibility, but I think it would be a big mistake.
“From what I understand, the Russian government has mentioned the option of breaking off diplomatic relations … We can’t just cut off diplomatic relations and stop talking to each other,” he said.
He also made it clear that “the only reason I get in mind and that could prompt the United States to push and force them to close their embassy in Russia is that the situation becomes precarious for the continuation of the works “.
Interestingly, the United States has been providing support to Kiev since the first day of the Russian military operation, February 24, and Washington has mobilized its allies. in Europe to impose harsh sanctions on Russian officials from the top of the pyramid.
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