GENEVA, August 22./TASS/. At the upcoming talks of Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and US National Security Adviser John Bolton, the Russian side will explain substantively what is erroneous in Washington’s current policy towards Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Wednesday.
"Sanctions are imposed and thus we get evidence that the cause of the sanction policy and its meaning is to take Russia down a peg, so to say. I think that during a meeting with the [US] presidential national security adviser, we will explain substantively the erroneousness of this policy the way we see it," the deputy minister said.
"Probably they will once again tell us that Russia was allegedly meddling in the US elections and there are grounds to expect this will continue," the high-ranking diplomat said. "But the deficiency, absolute senselessness and irrationality of this presentation of the problem is certainly manifest for all," he said.
"Apart from the Americans, who have convinced themselves that it is exactly this way through repeatedly saying one and the same thing," he said. Ryabkov pointed to a big role "of American mass media outlets that have been enthusiastically entertaining fibs about Russia over the recent time," he added.
Patrushev and Bolton will meet in Geneva on Thursday, August 23, in the first half of the day.