Russia and the United States are conducting direct negotiations aimed at reducing risks in bilateral relations. However, issues on Ukraine are not discussed, said Adrienne Watson, a spokeswoman for the US National Security Council.
How writes Politico, Watson stressed Washington’s ability to “speak directly at the highest level with the Russian government when needed.” According to her, the conversations took place in the last few months. “The sole purpose of this is to discuss risk reduction between the US and Russia. This has nothing to do with diplomacy or anything else about Ukraine,” she said.
Earlier, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said that the political dialogue between the two countries is at an unprecedented low. The diplomat noted that trust has been undermined, and cooperation has collapsed even on those issues that are of mutual interest.