Kremlin: upward trend in Russian-US political contacts is encouraging

Kremlin: upward trend in Russian-US political contacts is encouraging

Political will in fostering Russian-US dialogue at the top level has prevailed, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"No doubt, Moscow and Washington have many issues on which their positions are diametrically opposed," the spokesman said. "But you see that now political will has prevailed and at the moment understanding is growing that such issues for discussion should not be an obstacle on the path of establishing and expanding bilateral dialogue, in this case at the top level," TASS cited him as saying.

He said that an upward trend in Russian-US political contacts is an encouraging fact, but it is still too early to speak of a thaw in relations. "Let us not hurry and speak of thaws," Peskov said. The spokesman said first the sides must "discuss and review the differences and irritants in bilateral relations".

A meeting with US congressional representatives currently on a visit to Russia is not on the agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the present time. "So far there is no such meeting on the President’s agenda, but we know that American legislators have planned very extensive meetings with their colleagues," the Kremlin spokesman said.

Touching on US President Donald Trump’s statement that at the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki he plans to discuss Crimea, Peskov stressed that for Moscow the issue of recognizing the Black Sea Peninsula as Russia’s territory cannot be on the agenda of discussions on the international arena.

"The Russian president has stated many times and explained to his interlocutors that such an issue as Crimea cannot be and will never be on the agenda as Crimea is an inalienable part of Russia. All other issues are a matter of a consensus, for discussions and a search for possible common ground," the spokesman said.

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