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Despite the recent cancellation of a bilateral summit between the American and Russian leaders on the initiative of US President Barack Obama, "the relationship between the United States and Russia is (…) a very important relationship," said US Secretary of State John Kerry in joint remarks with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu before the US-Russia 2+2 Meeting on August 9.
As the relationship has experienced "some challenging moments," with renewed tensions over the Snowden case, the Russian side insisted on the "great importance to cooperation in the 2+2 format," and that in spite of the presidential meeting's cancellation, "very solid foundation for future work" has been laid as a result of the preparation of "a package of documents" scheduled for approval at the now-cancelled meeting, said Mr. Lavrov.
Indeed, there are so much important topics the two countries have to address that the bilateral relationship must go on, whatever happens at the very top. Syria and the holding of a Geneva 2 conference remain on top of the bilateral agenda. Post -2014 Afghanistan, the stalemate on Iran and North Korea (DPRK) nuclear issues, and difficult but ongoing discussions on missile defense are also topics which neither the US nor Russia can afford to disregard.
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