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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Expert: the purpose of Kerry’s visit is to minimize the damage from the NATO summit

U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry will visit Moscow on 14 and 15 July. This was announced by the foreign Ministry of Russia and the United States. According to the state Department, the head of American diplomacy will hold talks with representatives of the Russian authorities concerning Ukraine, Syria and the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. It is not excluded that Kerry will meet with President Vladimir Putin.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

“The possibility that the President will Mr. Kerry, worked out”, – said Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.

In his official statement about the arrival of the state Secretary of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation acknowledged that the situation in relations between Moscow and Washington remains difficult because of the “unfriendly steps” of the American side. The result was the reduction of bilateral trade by almost a third, said in the appeal Department. “At the same time to the American side consistently advised that a confrontational course against Russia futile and even dangerous”, – reads the statement of the foreign Ministry.

It is likely that one of the topics discussed will be the activities of the diplomatic missions of the two countries, which are alternately complain of obstacles in the work of the secret services. “For its part, has consistently put the issue of addressing the acute stimuli bilateral areas of relations established by Washington, which even obstructs to the normal operation of our diplomatic institutions”, – said the Ministry of foreign Affairs.

We will remind that earlier the state Department complained about the beating of one of its diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. According to the Russian side, the employee of the diplomatic mission itself was the instigator of the incident. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on the scandal, said employees of the Russian Embassy in the United States has been the target of provocations and psychological pressure on the part of U.S. intelligence.

However, the respondents “MK” the expert does not believe that the topic of violence against diplomats is a major in the talks with Kerry.

“The main purpose of the visit was to minimize the damage from the NATO summit in Warsaw, which was arrogant and defiant, – said the “MK” the Deputy Director of the Institute of USA and Canada studies Victor kremeniuk. – The East Europeans dance on our bones. But the business still needs to continue. So I think Kerry will apologize retroactively for the behaviour of their colleagues and agree on how to continue to act on Syria”.

Recall that the NATO summit held in Warsaw on 8 and 9 July. One of the outcomes of the summit was to strengthen the Eastern flank of the military Alliance. In the Baltic States and Poland it was decided to place four military battalion – British, canadian, German and American. It was explained that this step was taken in response to actions and bellicose rhetoric of Russia.

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