Moscow hopes US will be ‘serious’ in seeking dialogue in new talks this week

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Russia said on Tuesday that high-level talks with the United States this week will show how “serious” Washington is in seeking genuine dialogue with Moscow.

The two countries will meet in Geneva on Wednesday — where Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin met last month — in another effort to promote stability in the tense relationship.

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Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies that the talks will enable Moscow “to understand how serious the mindset of our American colleagues is in terms of establishing a concentrated, energetic dialogue on strategic stability.”

The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue has been set up at the summit between Biden and Putin.

Ryabkov said Moscow and Washington’s “approaches” don’t always “fit”.

“But the meeting is taking place to kick-start the process, to do an in-depth analysis of where we differ and to try to find areas for collaborative work,” he said.

Though he expected talks to continue after Wednesday’s meeting, he said it remains “a big question” whether relations between the two countries will see “progress”.

“I wouldn’t raise the bar of expectations.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that while improving relations is “a very complicated process”, he was pleased that there is “contact” between the two countries.

The US delegation led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the State Department has said.

Diplomacy comes amid tensions on multiple fronts between the two nations, but Putin has welcomed Biden’s efforts to make the relationship between the two global superpowers more predictable.

When announcing the future dialogue, Biden and Putin pointed out that Washington and Moscow spoke to avoid worst-case scenarios even at the height of the Cold War.

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