According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Kremlin has realistic expectations from the talks, since, in his opinion, the United States and NATO will try to slow down this process.
He noted that Moscow wants to “reach an agreement dynamically, without pauses,” however, in his words, “to assume progress, the more rapid … is naive.”
“Our expectations are realistic. Based on the signals that have been heard from Washington and Brussels in recent days, it would probably be naive to assume progress, all the more rapid. This, of course, is an alarming moment, because we have been tasked with reaching an agreement dynamically, without pauses. Without giving the US and NATO colleagues the opportunity to slow down everything, to immerse endless same topics in discussions,“ Ryabkov told Interfax.
Russia and the United States will hold consultations in Geneva on January 9-10 on Moscow’s proposals on security guarantees, followed by a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council in Brussels, and consultations at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna.