The presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, have already held six telephone calls since late March. On Friday, May 22, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said during an online conference organized by the Public Diplomacy Support Fund. A.M. Gorchakova.
“If we talk about the presidential level, then from the end of March to today, six telephone conversations have taken place between Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Donald Trump. Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov talked with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo four times during this period, ”Ryabkov said.
He also emphasized that consultations are ongoing between Russia and the United States at the embassy level, in particular, experts in the relevant departments of the Russian Foreign Ministry are in correspondence with their American counterparts.
Earlier in the day, White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien announced important arms control talks with Russia. According to him, the United States would like to see China in the agreement, but first they will begin negotiations with Russia.
On May 21, Trump announced his withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty (DON). At the same time, the American leader allowed the conclusion of a new agreement, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo allowed Washington to return to the document in case “if Russia returns to full compliance” with its terms.
On May 7, Trump, after a telephone conversation with Putin, said that Washington and Moscow want to reach an arms control agreement. During the talks, Putin noted that following the allied relations that connected the peoples of Russia and the United States in World War II would allow the two states to achieve much in solving modern problems.
The Open Skies Agreement was signed on March 24, 1992 in Helsinki by representatives of 23 states that are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (ОCE). The purpose of the treaty is to help build confidence between states through improving mechanisms for monitoring military activities.