U.S. diplomat David Hale met with Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in Helsinki on Wednesday to talk about the U.S.- Russian relations, the State Department stated, in the midst of tensions between the two nations over several issues.
The meeting between Hale and Ryabkov pursued after the June 28 talks between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin in the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
U.S.- Russia ties stay in tensions on everything from Syria to Ukraine as allegations on Russia on interfering in the U.S. politics, which Moscow denies. In a recent TV talk show, Putin said that relations were “getting worse and worse.”
“The under Secretary focused on that while the United States looks to limit differences and cultivate collaboration with Russia on various worldwide issues, Russia’s negative activities are an obstacle in advancement in our reciprocal relationship,” the department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, said in an announcement. she also said that the two nations had likewise talked about regional challenges in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Ryabkov told the Russian media that he and Hale talked about Venezuela however failed to discover common ground. China and Russia are constant allies of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while most Western forces have supported opposition leader Juan Guaido.
“I talked about Venezuela with Hale, the talks on this issue was troublesome,” RIA news organization cited Ryabkov as saying on Wednesday. “There is no shared conviction with the U.S. on Venezuela up until now. Russia does not have military powers in Venezuela. We are not stopping a dialogue. Russia needs to send its prospects to Venezuela intermittently, yet it won’t report to the U.S. on that,” RIA detailed Ryabkov as saying. Russian news organization TASS cited Ryabkov as saying the dialogue was not about the trade of Paul Whelan, a previous U.S. Marine held in Russia on spying charges that Russia denies.