US First Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will meet in Geneva with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov as part of a full-scale consultation on strategic stability between Russia and the United States, which will be held July 17-18. This was reported in the statement released by the press service of the US State Department on Friday.
“The first deputy secretary of state will travel to Switzerland and Belgium from July 16 to 18,” the document says. “In Geneva, in Switzerland, the first deputy secretary of state will lead the US delegation in the dialogue on strategic stability between the US and Russia with the deputy foreign minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov, who will continue the discussions between US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, which took place during their meeting in Sochi on May 14 in Russia. “
The level of the American delegation at the Geneva talks, which the US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson was previously supposed to lead, will thus be raised. “Andrea Thompson will accompany the first deputy secretary of state,” – said the press service.
After that, on July 18, Sullivan will travel to Brussels to inform about the outcome of the negotiations of the US allies in NATO.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that a new round of talks between Russia and the United States on strategic stability at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Deputy Secretary of State Andrea Thompson will be held July 17-18 in Geneva. The previous meeting in the format Ryabkov – Thompson was held on June 12 in Prague.
According to Ryabkov, he expects that at a meeting in Geneva, it will be possible to launch a structured dialogue process on arms control, including on the Treaty on Strategic Offensive Arms.