U.S., Russia to Hold New Talks to Encourage Stability

The U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy ShermanAlexei Nikolsky/TASS

The United States and Russia will hold high-level talks next week in the second bid in as many months to encourage stability in the tense relationship, officials said Friday.

The so-called Strategic Stability Dialogue, set up during a June 16 summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Geneva, will take place on Wednesday in the same city, the U.S. State Department said.

“Through this dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures,” it said in a statement.

It added the U.S. delegation will be led by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and include Bonnie Jenkins, recently confirmed as the under secretary of state in charge of arms control.

The diplomacy comes amid tensions on multiple fronts between the two nations, with Washington warning Moscow of action unless it stops a sharp rise in online extortion attacks, which U.S. officials say largely originate in Russia.

Russia denies responsibility, but Putin has welcomed Biden’s efforts to bring more predictability to the relationship between the two global powerhouses.

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

Sherman will meet with the Russians days after undertaking a similar mission to China, a visit the State Department described as being aimed at ensuring there are “guardrails” in increasingly hostile U.S.-Chinese relations.

(c)MOSCOW TIMES 2021

4 comments

  • Russia denies responsibility, but Putin has welcomed Biden’s efforts to bring more predictability to the relationship between the two global powerhouses.

    Just doing what Putin tell you do it, is core for this predictability.

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  • Why bother? The first thing Putler will do after the useless agreement has been signed, is launch a cyberattack on the US. The response will be nothing as usual.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    “The United States and Russia will hold high-level talks next week in the second bid in as many months to encourage stability in the tense relationship, officials said Friday.”

    I was taught that if you don’t want to learn the easy way, you will be forced to do so the hard way. How many ways are there to finally comprehend the fact that there cannot be stability with something so unstable as a crime syndicate trash country? Are there only fools, morons and idiots in our governments? What sort of weird crap do they smoke, drink, drop or inject?

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