Joint Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev

MAY 24, 2021

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and the Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolay Patrushev held consultations on United States-Russia relations as part of regular Security Council contacts. The meeting was a logical continuation of the recent discussions held in Reykjavik between Secretary of State Blinken and Foreign Minister Lavrov.

The meeting was an important step in the preparation for a planned U.S.-Russia summit, the date and location of which will be announced later.

The discussions were held in a constructive manner and, despite outstanding differences, allowed for a better understanding of each other’s positions.

A wide range of issues of mutual interest were discussed with a high priority given to the topic of strategic stability. The sides expressed confidence that mutually acceptable solutions could be found in a number of areas.

The sides agreed that a normalization of U.S.-Russian relations would be in the interest of both countries and contribute to global predictability and stability.

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