A process without significant progress.. New secret talks between Russia and America in Istanbul

Amidst the continuing tension between the United States of America and Russia Military operation in UkraineRussian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the talks between Russia and the United States in Istanbul were practical, but made no progress on key issues.

The Russian official indicated that his country evaluates the consultations as useful, pointing out that there are difficulties at the same time, and that the progress was insignificant and the secondary issues were lost for a long time.

No major development

As for the main issues related to, for example, the work of foreign agencies, visa cases, and employee rotation, there has been no development, according to what was reported by the “TASS” agency.

He also stressed that the recent negotiations are not a political signal to resume dialogue with the Americans on major issues, leaving the matter open to the developments that the next stage will witness.

Secret talks between America and Russia

Secret talks

The Russian official’s words came days after he confirmed that a meeting between Russia and the United States will be held in Istanbul at the level of directors of the concerned departments to discuss the factors of concern in bilateral relations, without elaborating on further details.

The negotiations between Russia and America, which are taking place in Istanbul, are still largely secret, although Russian media have announced them, but the Kremlin has not denied or confirmed their existence.

As for the White House, it did not deny the talks, as White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre told reporters that the contacts focused last Monday on reducing risks.

Earlier this month, Western media reported that senior Russian and American officials were engaging in undisclosed contacts, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It was reported at the time that the US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan, was working with Yuri Ushakov, a senior foreign policy aide to President Vladimir Putin, and with Nikolai Patrushev, Sullivan’s counterpart in the Russian government.

In late March, Turkey hosted talks between Russia and Ukraine, during which the two sides made great progress towards reaching a peace agreement.

It is noteworthy that the Russian military operation, which was launched on February 24, called for an unprecedented security alert in Europe, and sparked great tension in relations between Russia and America.

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