Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov’s consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of StateThomas A. Shannon, Jr.

May 9, 2017

On May 8, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov held consultations with Acting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. in New York.
Mr Ryabkov and Mr Shannon discussed in great detail a wide range of issues concerning bilateral relations. The Russian side stressed that there are still a number of major sticking points, created by the Obama administration, which should be eliminated in order to normalise bilateral relations. For example, the Obama administration had virtually appropriated property of Russian diplomatic missions in the United States in violation of international law, although these facilities are Russian state property and have diplomatic immunity.
On the initiative of the US side, the parties also discussed strategic stability matters and the possibility of resuming regular dialogue in this area.