The Expert Assessed the Chances of the Return of Russian and US Ambassadors After the Meeting Between Putin and Biden
OREANDA-NEWS. The prospects for the return of the Russian and US ambassadors to service in capitals immediately after the meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, which will take place on June 16 in Geneva, are great. This is the opinion of Boris Mezhuev, a Russian political scientist, associate professor of the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University.
"I think maybe the first issue that will be raised during the meeting is the resumption of the diplomatic mission of the ambassadors. I think it will be decided right there and immediately. There are quite large prospects in this regard - the return of ambassadors," Mezhuev said RIA News.
He noted that the parties can also agree on the return of diplomatic property to Russia, if the conversation does not take on a "completely hostile character", in which there will be no common points of contact.
However, the expert is sure that the parties will try to avoid the impression that there is a "big impasse" in Russian-American relations.
On April 15, the United States introduced new sanctions against the Russian Federation; 32 individuals and associations were affected by them. Washington then announced that it was expelling 10 employees of the Russian diplomatic mission from the country. The Russian Foreign Ministry noted that the US sanctions course does not meet the interests of the peoples of the two countries.
In response, Moscow decided to declare 10 American diplomats persona non grata, they were given time until the end of the day on May 21 to leave Russia. In addition, US Ambassador John Sullivan was asked to travel to Washington for consultations, where he left at the end of April. A month earlier, Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov left the United States for Russia.