November 23 in Japan, the Deputy Secretary of state, candidate for the post of U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan explained to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, from which depend the improvement of relations between Moscow and Washington.
This is with reference to the speaker of the U.S. office of Morgan Ortagus informed the Department of state’s website.
“Sullivan reiterated to foreign Minister Lavrov that the improvement of bilateral relations depends on the commitment of Moscow to the Minsk agreements and the rejection of efforts to undermine our democratic processes”, – is spoken in the message.
Ortagus noted that Sullivan and Lavrov “discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues, including international security issues, like North Korea and Syria, as well as cooperation in combating terrorism and strategic security.”
Relations between Russia and the United States worsened in 2014, after the Russian annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities in the East of Ukraine. Against Russia, the United States imposed economic sanctions. The sanctions packages several times expanded and tightened.
In October 2016 the United States government officially accused Russia of hacking into the servers of American parties.
2017 in the United States investigated the possible conspiracy of the entourage of US President Donald trump with the Kremlin and the Russian intervention in the American elections. The investigation, which was completed in March 2019, found no evidence of a conscious conspiracy. However, the fact that RF interference in the elections under doubt was not put.
In June 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is ready to develop relations with Washington, when they are “ripe” for dialogue.
In October, Moscow has approved the appointment of Sullivan to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Russia. The appointment must be approved by the U.S. Senate.