MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The US Department of State announced in a release Tuesday that US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon would travel to Russia on Friday to hold a meeting with Ryabkov.
"As is known, there were plans for the next few days to continue bilateral consultations on 'irritants' in the Russian-US relations, to find ways out of the extremely difficult situation to which the US side has driven partnership and cooperation with Russia. After yesterday's decision on sanctions, the situation does not suggest holding a round of such a dialogue, especially as there is no content for it," Ryabkov said.
Since 2014, relations between Russia and the European Union and the United States, deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea's decision to rejoin Russia. Brussels, Washington and their allies introduced several rounds of sanctions against Russia on the pretext of its alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict, which Moscow has repeatedly denied. In response to the restrictive measures, Russia imposed a food embargo on some products originating in countries that have targeted it with sanctions.