Russia stated six priorities for cooperation with the upcoming US administration.

The Russian Ambassador to the US stated six priority areas that Moscow could expand cooperation with the upcoming US administration. Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov reaffirmed Russia's desire to have better relations with the US. "We are still in a good mood.

We are still supporting our relationship development. I want to use all the positive factors that we had before and we have now" - Sputnik quoted Antonov speaking at an online conference of the Brookings Institution in Washington on December 2.12. Ambassador Antonov named six areas that he believes could have a closer relationship with the United States: strategic stability, nonproliferation, counter-terrorism, COVID-19, space. pillar and network security. Ambassador Antonov added that he was "dreaming" of seeing Russia's foreign and defense ministers coming to Washington to take part in 2 + 2 format talks with US colleagues.

 Ambassador Antonov said that Russia is ready to cooperate with the US in the fight against COVID-19 and is ready to share vaccines. "To me, it doesn't seem we should try to launch competition on this issue. We should unite our efforts. If we have a vaccine that can protect Americans, we are ready. share with you "- said Antonov. Russia has emerged as a leader in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine with two products, Sputnik V, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute and EpiVacCorona, developed by Siberia's Vector research center, which is completing phase 3 of trials. clinical trial. On December 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to begin mass vaccination of Sputnik V vaccine next week. Extension of the START Treaty and the return of the US to the Iran nuclear agreement Antonov said Russia is continuing to talk to US negotiators to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START Treaty ) despite the fact that the US is in the post-election phase. Currently the only valid arms restriction treaty between Russia and the United States is START-3, but is set to expire on 5.2.2021. If the treaty is not extended, there will be no deal in the world to limit the arsenals of the biggest nuclear powers. "We have time. We can reach it very quickly. We are still in dialogue. We hope we will continue the treaty in the near future" - said Antonov. The Russian Ambassador noted that he has "close ties" with Marshall Billingslea, the US special envoy for arms control and the leading negotiator of the new START treaty. However, Antonov doubts that it is unclear whether Russia and the United States will succeed in improving arms control, despite Russia's efforts to extend the last arms control treaty. between two countries.
 "Despite the recent Russian initiatives, there is no guarantee that we will be successful in improving the situation," said the Ambassador. The Ambassador also said that Russia would welcome the US possible return to the Iran nuclear deal after the administration of President Donald Trump withdrew. His comments came as President-elect Joe Biden said ahead of the March 3 election that the US would rejoin the Iran nuclear deal as a starting point for further talks if Iran returned to compliance. Strict. Russia's stance on the recognition of the US election results Ambassador Antonov said that Russia will recognize the US President after all legal procedures under US law are completed. "We need to wait for some legal proceedings in your country when all the official results will be announced. After this event, everything will be done in a formal manner" - Mr. Antonov explained when asked whether Does Russia recognize Joe Biden as the new president of the United States? Mr. Antonov emphasized that Russia considers the US presidential election to be an internal problem of the US. "We believe that the American people will decide who will run this country. We will recognize any choice your people make" - Russian Ambassador confirmed.

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