'Complete Reset' of US-Russia Relations Was Offered

Aaron Brown
September 14, 2017

Three months after President Trump took office, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's diplomats delivered a document to the State Department.

The proposal, spelled out in a detailed document obtained by BuzzFeed News, called for the wholesale restoration of diplomatic, military, and intelligence channels severed between the two countries after Russia's military interventions in Ukraine and Syria.

Putin had proposed the plan in April, officials told BuzzFeed News, that included broad aims to reset diplomatic, military, and intelligence relations to their status before Russian Federation intervened in military conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

The desire to resume dialogue and look for joint solutions wasn't "mutual", he said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

Asked about the report, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would neither confirm nor deny its accuracy.

Earlier Tuesday, Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon met with his Russian counterpart in Finland. Several meetings came as a result of the proposal, including "special consultations" to discuss ongoing issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and North Korea.

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The Russian Embassy in Washington would not comment on the document. -Russian relations spiraled downward over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's alleged meddling in the US presidential election, cybersecurity, and other matters.

"We are sorry to hear that documents keep leaking from the (Trump) administration, though it shows that Russian Federation keeps doing its best to normalize relations‎", the official said.

Most of the document's proposed meetings haven't happened. "Frankly, I would point more to media coverage than administration overtures", the spokesperson said.

Russian Federation responded in kind to the US' sanctions after several months delay and ordered large cuts in the USA diplomatic staff in Russian Federation.

He also thanked Putin for forcing the USA to reduce its diplomatic staff in a comment the White House later described as sarcastic.

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