WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Nauert's comments follow the meeting between Ryabkov and Shannon in Washington, DC on Monday.
"These deals so to speak are going to take some time," Nauert told reporters. "Nothing is coming together any time soon, I don’t have a timeline for you or anything, but those conversations will be continuing."
On June 21, Moscow canceled the Ryabkov-Shannon talks, scheduled to take place in St. Petersburg on June 23, after the United States expanded anti-Russian sanctions the day before.
Ryabkov earlier told Sputnik that Russia had prepared a "tough" response to the United States' move among other options.
Two diplomatic compounds belonging to Russia were closed down at the end of 2016 as part of the sanctions introduced by President Barack Obama's administration over Russia's alleged interference in the US presidential election, which Moscow has repeatedly denied.