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Russia says US still not ‘constructive’ in talks -RIA

FILE PHOTO.  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin speaks to the media after a UN Security Council meeting on the situation between Russia and Ukraine, at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, USA.  February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
FILE PHOTO. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin speaks to the media after a UN Security Council meeting on the situation between Russia and Ukraine, at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, USA. February 17, 2022. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Dec 12 (Reuters) – Russia sees Istanbul as a “comfortable place” to conduct diplomacy with the United States, but still does not believe that Washington has taken a constructive approach in the talks, the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the agency as saying on Monday. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has become a key mediator between Russia, Ukraine and the United States since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

In Istanbul or Ankara, the Turkish capital, several diplomatic rounds have been held, including the failed early peace talks, the Black Sea grain initiative, prisoner swap negotiations, and a face-to-face meeting between the chief of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, and the director of the CIA, William Burns.

(Information from Reuters; Edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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