Ned Price spoke about new steps in working on the issues discussed at the Geneva summit.
At the summit in Geneva, US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to discuss some priority issues, with both sides describing the meeting as practical, constructive, and productive, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
Asked during a telephone briefing for reporters about the outcome of the recent summit in Geneva, Price stressed President Biden’s conviction that there is no alternative to face-to-face meetings with foreign leaders as a form of diplomatic communication.
Recalling that the agenda of the Biden-Putin summit included the most important strategic issues, Price noted, however, that “it will take some time” to find out whether there will be real results in “areas of potential cooperation.”
“I believe you’ve heard from the president himself that this meeting was about testing the assumption that we can achieve a more stable, more predictable relationship,” Price said.
He also recalled that, according to President Biden, such a check can take from six to twelve months.
“As instructed by President Biden, we are preparing a dialogue with Russia on the issue of strategic stability. We are in the process of determining the time of the first meeting. The American delegation will be led by a senior State Department official, and we plan to discuss the next steps – both nuclear arms control and other strategic issues. We are guided by the principle… that there can be no winner in a nuclear war and that it cannot be unleashed-even in times of tension… The United States and Russia can reduce the risk of armed conflict and the threat of nuclear war. This is exactly the principle that guided the discussion on strategic stability in the context of this summit. As you know, we regularly hold diplomatic meetings with the Russian leadership, and we welcome more open channels of communication between our governments,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
He also clarified that the issues discussed at the summit remain subjects of discussion between the United States and Russia, whether it is Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis in Syria, or “more complete staffing of our embassies.”