MOSCOW (AA) – Russia and the US will hold meetings in Egypt’s capital Cairo from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6 to iron out differences related to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), according to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.
Nothing is off the table for Russia, Ryabkov told local news channel RTVI.
However, he said the US could use it to bring up unrelated subjects and try to turn “a talk of professionals” into “an attempt of politicization.”
In February 2021, the two countries agreed to extend the nuclear arms control pact for five more years.
However, Moscow suspended American inspections of its nuclear weapons sites under the treaty this August.
On the recent meeting between Russian and US intelligence officials in the Turkish capital Ankara, Ryabkov said “contact was initiated by the American side.”
“The issues discussed there are sensitive in nature,” he said, referring to the meeting of CIA Director Bill Burns and Russian Foreign Intelligence Service chief Sergey Naryshkin.
Ryabkov said Russia wants to maintain its ties with the US, but the future of their relations depends on Washington.
He said US involvement in the Ukraine conflict is growing deeper by the day, a fact that Russia takes into account in its military plans.
Russia has warned against an escalation “where the US would directly become a party to the conflict,” Ryabkov said.