Held at the Manila meeting of foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson is not expected to lead to breakthroughs in Russian-American relations. However, given the difficult context, the fact that negotiations took place, speaks volumes. At least, the us administration reiterated its willingness to dialogue with Moscow despite signed trump the bill on the new anti-sanctions previously adopted by the U.S. Congress. But, says interviewed by “MK” expert for a genuine breakthrough in bilateral relations American US President must, first and foremost, to establish contact with congressmen.
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Going to Manila in a meeting room behind closed doors, diplomats ignored the question of the journalist about the new anti-sanctions. However, following the meeting, the question was raised – according to Lavrov, he gave the explanation of the measures taken by Moscow in response to the signed trump the Statute of limitations in respect of Russia, Iran and North Korea.
As you know, the White house, the law was criticized – because it limits the powers of the President of the United States (he will not be able to weaken or lift the sanctions). In an official statement, trump pointed out that he had signed the bill in hopes of establishing cooperation between the two countries (as a result, he said, the restrictions will no longer be necessary).
It is a common global challenges were the main topics of the previous conversation, Lavrov and Tillerson. According to the head of the Russian foreign Ministry, the parties agreed to a “road map” to restore negotiating process with North Korea. Of course, the diplomats reiterated their readiness to cooperate in Syria. And Tillerson, in turn, told about the intention of the special representative of the USA to Ukraine to visit Moscow.
Nevertheless, says researcher of the Center for North American studies, IMEMO ran Sergey KISLITSYN, by themselves, such arrangements unpromising, if not change the situation in Washington.
“For Russian-U.S. relations have evolved, must first improve the political situation in the USA, – the expert said in an interview with “MK”. – We are talking, primarily, about the neutralization of the conflict trump and Congress. We know that even the new sanctions adopted by the Congress, was largely provoked by the actions of the President of the United States against Russia, the meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The talks Lavrov and Tillerson – an attempt by the American administration to show once again that it is configured to dialog with Moscow. Well, that channel of communication at a high level we have left, it’s still important. But no more. Because, for example, it is difficult to discuss the Ukrainian issue under consideration by Congress of the question of the supply of Kiev lethal weapons. In practical terms, held in Manila, the meeting is unlikely to bring substantial results, although progress is possible on Syria – there is still have a common enemy. In other respects, the Outlook is not too optimistic – Trump first have to learn how to interact with Congress.”
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