26 Jan 2018 16:32

U.S. ambassador requests meetings with some top Russian officials

MOSCOW. Jan 26 (Interfax) - United States Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has requested meetings with top officials of the Kremlin, the Federation Council, the State Duma, the Russian government, and the Federal Security Service, the U.S. embassy in Russia said.

"The following meetings have been requested: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Russian Presidential Administration head Anton Vaino, first deputy head of the Presidential Administration Alexei Gromov, first deputy head of the Presidential Administration Sergei Kiriyenko, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, Federal Security Service Director Alexander Bortnikov, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov," the U.S. embassy said on Twitter.

Also among the people on the list are Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova, the Primorye Territory's acting governor Andrei Tarasenko, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref, and Renova Executive Director Viktor Vekselberg.

The embassy also said that Huntsman is ready to meet with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

"Ambassador Huntsman: I will be glad to meet anytime, @advorkovich!," Huntsman said.

In the course of his stay in Moscow, the U.S. ambassador has already met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina, Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Sergei Naryshkin, and presidential aide Yury Ushakov.