Incoming U.S. envoy to Moscow met Russian counterpart in Washington, State Dept says By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. State Division spokesperson Ned Worth speaks throughout a information convention in Washington, U.S. March 10, 2022. Manuel Balce Ceneta/Pool by way of REUTERS

By Daphne Psaledakis and Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The incoming U.S. ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy has held a gathering on Tuesday with Moscow’s prime envoy in Washington DC Anatoly Antonov, State Division spokesperson Ned Worth stated.

Tracy, a veteran U.S. profession diplomat, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December. She’s going to depart for Russia in coming days and must be in place later this month, Worth stated.

He declined to element what the 2 envoys have mentioned however stated they didn’t speak about “any type of negotiated settlements” over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“She’s at the moment within the course of of getting consultations with desks and people right here in Washington and on this case, she had a chance to have a dialogue with Ambassador Antonov,” Worth stated.

Tracy, who served as a U.S. diplomat in Central Asia and was the deputy chief of mission on the U.S. embassy in Moscow between 2014-2017, heads to Moscow at a time when the bilateral relationship between the 2 international locations have plunged to depths not seen because the Chilly Struggle.

She replaces John Sullivan, a Republican lawyer with a public service profession spanning 4 a long time and 5 U.S. presidents, who left Moscow in September 2022. He was appointed by former president Donald Trump and was retained by President Joe Biden.

As bilateral ties have deteriorated, Washington and Moscow has additionally been in a dispute over staffing of their embassies in one another’s capital, every criticizing the opposite for imposing restrictions.

A number of months earlier than his departure, Sullivan urged Russia to not shut the U.S. Embassy. Worth on Wednesday reiterated the significance of communication channels.

“We’ve been clear about our need to keep up open channels of communication with Russia. We’ve an embassy in Moscow, it is underneath duress due to the stress and the constraints that the Kremlin has imposed on it,” he stated.

“There are open channels of communication. We use these channels to convey the place we’re on points which can be of the utmost precedence to us,” he stated.

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