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US on first round of talks with Russia: "Sovereign nations free to choose their own alliances"

Source : 112 Ukraine

The United States will discuss certain bilateral issues with Russia at the SSD, but will not discuss European security without our European Allies and partners
08:47, 10 January 2022

Ned Price
Deutsche Welle

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov in Geneva. The results of the meeting were announced by the press secretary of the US Department of State, Ned Price.

The Deputy Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister discussed the bilateral topics both sides would address during the extraordinary meeting of the Strategic Stability Dialogue (SSD) January 10.

Related: "No optimistic expectations": Russia on talks with US in Geneva

The Deputy Secretary stressed the United States’ commitment to the international principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the freedom of sovereign nations to choose their own alliances. The Deputy Secretary affirmed that the United States would welcome genuine progress through diplomacy.

"The United States will discuss certain bilateral issues with Russia at the SSD, but will not discuss European security without our European Allies and partners," the statement said.

The Deputy Secretary also underscored that discussion of certain subjects would be reserved for the NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels on January 12 and the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna on January 13.

Related: U.S. open to talks with Russia on military exercises, missile deployments

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