ASTANA – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Tuesday that he expects to meet US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, but not in New York.

“It will happen, but not in New York. It will be held some time. Possibly, even before [the next UN General Assembly],” Ryabkov told reporters.

Earlier in August, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the format of “Ryabkov-Shannon” talks would be maintained to continue the discussions of various issues of the bilateral agenda.

Ryabkov said on July 26 that contacts with Shannon on normalizing the Russia-US dialogue were not expected to end in light of the latest US sanctions.

The US and Russian foreign ministries’ officials held a bilateral meeting on July 17 in Washington.

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly will kick off at the UN headquarters in New York City on September 12. – Sputnik