US plans to go ahead with high-level Russia talks: sources
Posted on: 11:44 PM IST Aug 06, 2013
Washington: The United States will hold talks with Russia's defense and foreign ministers in Washington on Friday despite Moscow's decision to grant asylum to former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, US officials told Reuters on Tuesday.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity.
Moscow's decision to reject US pleas to hand over Snowden has prompted President Barack Obama to rethink whether to hold a summit in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month.
The status of this week's so-called "2+2" talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and their Russian counterparts had been unclear.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying preparations for the talks were complete and that the agenda included bilateral matters as well as the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan.