Russia will not change its stance under US pressure: Ryabkov

Washington will not force Moscow to change its principled position on some issues using pressure, Deputy Foreign Minister told TASS on Wednesday.

Iran PressEurope: Sergey Ryabkov stressed that the Russian delegation is ready to discuss all topics at the summit in Geneva. "We will surely face a situation that has already been announced by the Americans on well-known topics - both regional and our internal ones — but we are ready for this. The president spoke quite clearly about this. We are not shying away from discussing any topics. There is no such topic that we would not be ready to discuss," he said.

Deputy Foreign Minister noted that Moscow was able to achieve agreement on absolutely all issues of interest for the summit agenda.

No discussions with the US on prisoner exchange:

Ryabkov noticed, commenting on a report that Switzerland was ready to provide assistance in exchanging Russian and US inmates, that "a possible swap between prisoners held in Russia and the US is not being discussed."

"We are not handling the prisoner swap as it is. In general, it’s very important to be exact about the terms. We have always said, and keep insisting, that the issue of a possible release of our nationals, who are convicted in the US in some cases absolutely illegally, as well as judgments of certain US judicial authorities, this decision is possible in the framework of using a mechanism stipulated by the 1983 Council of Europe’s Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This is not a swap," Sergey Ryabkov said.

"If we want to deal with this issue seriously, we should make particular decisions on a stable and, in this case, the only possible legal basis. We hope that after some time, our American colleagues will come to an understanding of this," the high-ranking diplomat added.


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