Russia and the United States have noticeably intensified their contacts during the week, having decided on some retreats in the visa war. Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who was previously on the Russian stop-lists, paid a three-day visit to Moscow. Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Overchuk went to Washington and continued a series of discussions on a wide range of issues with representatives of President Joe Biden's administration. The frequency of contacts, according to experts interviewed by NEWS.ru, became a sign of the course towards manageability of confrontation and predictability of relations between countries. The biggest risk, they said, is the danger of silence.
The culmination of the negotiating marathon this week was Overchuk's meetings in Washington. The Deputy Prime Minister led the Russian delegation at the autumn session of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The Deputy Prime Minister appreciated his dialogue with First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, which lasted about an hour and took place without the participation of journalists. From the final message of the American diplomatic department, it follows that the talks touched upon the economic interaction of the two countries, in which the State Department is concerned about "fair treatment of US companies", the problems of energy security in Europe, as well as aspects of compliance with the Paris Climate Agreements.
Thus, the contacts in the American capital partly continued the discussions that took place in Russia during Victoria Nuland's visit. Her trip spanned several days and ended on October 13th. The agenda touched not only the Russian Foreign Ministry and the defense department, but also the presidential administration. After completing consultations with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in which Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin took part at the same time, the American diplomat went the next day to meet with Assistant to the President for International Affairs Yuri Ushakov and Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration Dmitry Kozak.