The United States and Russia were holding a fresh round of talks in Geneva on Wednesday aimed at stabilising the thorny relationship between Moscow and Washington.
The talks are a continuation of the strategic dialogue which started last month in the Swiss city with the first summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden.
The meeting is taking place behind closed doors and with no media present.
The talks, being led by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, are expected to last most of the day.
Moscow and Washington have both toned down expectations, with no spectacular results expected from the meeting — just as with the June 16 presidential summit.
The talks will cover the thorny issue of arms control. Bonnie Jenkins, who one week ago was confirmed as the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security affairs, is part of the US delegation.
“Through this dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures,” the State Department said when announcing Wednesday’s Geneva talks.