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The United States hoped for progress in the dialogue on the non-deployment of missiles with Russia

Former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation Thomas Pickering in an interview with RIA Novosti expressed hope for progress in the dialogue on the non-deployment of missiles with Russia and indicated that Moscow should give an answer on this matter.

“It’s too early to talk about specific areas where progress has been made, but the US appears to be positive about some form of missile placement restrictions. Russia will need to study them and give an answer,” the diplomat stressed.

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Pickering added that for the time being, one can only hope for the establishment of relations between Russia and NATO, despite the meeting held this week. According to him, there is a set of topics for concluding an interim agreement, but there are no signs of this yet.

The former Deputy Secretary of State pointed out that the key achievement is the very fact of negotiations on key security issues, as well as planning for further contacts and the interest of the parties in achieving progress.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was waiting for a written response from the United States and NATO to Russian proposals for security guarantees. According to him, Moscow’s partners have already understood that they should give answers quickly, concretely and on paper, and also “understood that Russia will not wait indefinitely.”

Consultations on the issues of a security treaty in Europe were held on January 10 in Geneva, and on January 12 a meeting of the Russia-NATO Council was held in Brussels. In addition, on January 13, a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation was held in Vienna, where Russian proposals were also considered.