11.04.2017 14:07   International

Moscow hopes for constructive talks with US Secretary of State

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Russian-US relations are struggling through the most complex period since the end of the Cold War, the Foreign Ministry said, - TASS

Russia hopes for constructive talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his visit to Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary. "In connection with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s working visit to Russia beginning later today we would like to point out that we hope for productive talks," the Foreign Ministry said. "This is important for the prospects of our bilateral interaction and for the general climate in the international scene." Russian-US relations are struggling through the most complex period since the end of the Cold War, the Foreign Ministry said. "In the course of the forthcoming talks we would like to realize first and foremost to what extent the United States is aware of the need for stabilization and normalization of bilateral relations," the Foreign Ministry said. There is a need for reciprocal retaliatory measures concerning relations between Moscow and Washington, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "As for the bilateral agenda, the long list of differences emerging because of Washington’s policies, does not seem to shorten," the statement reads. "As no steps have been taken to solve the lingering issues, there is a need for reciprocal retaliatory measures."

Russia hopes US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Moscow will help understand Washington’s plans for North Korea. "We are very much concerned about Washington’s intentions for North Korea, in particular, the hints regarding the unilateral power scenario," the Foreign Ministry said. "It is important to see how this correlates with the collective obligations regarding the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, enshrined in the UN Security Council’s resolution."

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