Moscow is willing to negotiate with Washington, but the future remains uncertain, according to the deputy foreign minister.
Given Washington's hostile policies, the chances of the US and Russia restarting their strategic discussion are doubtful, a senior Russian ambassador told local media on Monday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in an interview with the newspaper Izvestia that "speculating on the prospects of strategic conversation with the US, especially when the Americans have shut it off, is an unrewarding exercise."
Given Washington's recklessly aggressive policies toward Russia, Ryabkov said, "honestly, the very potential to resume it is far from certain." He added that Moscow is keeping an eye on Washington's signals regarding the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which places limits on both countries' nuclear arsenals.
US President Joe Biden stated earlier this month that Washington is prepared to discuss "a new arms control framework" to perhaps replace the historic arms control deal. Sergey Lavrov, the foreign minister of Russia, claims that the US has not yet made any ideas.
Of course, we are keeping an eye on some indications that the New START pact may be reopened, but their origins remain a mystery. Additionally, discussions are not typically done in front of the media, according to Ryabkov.
The deputy foreign minister emphasized the continuity of Russia's foreign policy goals. Its goal, according to him, is to "develop a new security equation that would account for all the factors affecting strategic stability." Moscow makes every effort to negotiate on the "whole range of offensive and defensive, nuclear and conventional armaments with strategic potential" to do this, he continued.
Ryabkov continued by saying that Moscow had been willing to have practical discussions with the United States "aimed at decreasing tensions and risks, averting dangerous escalation and an arms race, as well as enhancing strategic stability, including through arms control initiatives."
He emphasized that the US's willingness to "alter its purposefully harmful actions and be prepared to undertake a dialogue on [an] equal footing," while considering Moscow's security concerns, is still up in the air.