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U.S. and Russian Deputy Foreign Ministers set to meet in Helsinki, bilateral relations on the table: AP, TASS, RIA

According to news agencies citing diplomatic sources, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and U.S. Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon will meet in Finland on Monday.

Venäjän varaulkoministeri Sergei Rjabkov ja Yhdysvaltain apulaisulkoministeri Thomas Shannon.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon. Image: Youssef Badawi / EPA, Wael Hamzeh / EPA

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov will meet U.S. Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon in Finland on 11-12 September, news agencies report.

The pair is set to meet in Helsinki to discuss the growing tensions between the US and Russia, writes Russian news agency RIA citing diplomatic sources. Sources from the Russian Foreign Ministry told news agency TASS the meeting will be held in Helsinki.

According to news agency AP, US officials intend to announce the meeting between the two diplomats officially today, Saturday. Finland’s Foreign Ministry refused to comment on the matter on Saturday afternoon.

Under Secretary Shannon and Deputy Foreign Minister Ryabkov met earlier this summer in Washington for a round of negotiations.

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