The Russian Federation has refused to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit held today and tomorrow in Washington due to the "shortage of interaction" in preparation for the event, Vedomosti reports Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov as saying at the press conference.
However, the US interpreted this decision as a step towards self-isolation.
“Russia's decision not to participate [in the summit - ed.] at a high level, in our view, is a missed opportunity, first of all for Russia itself. Frankly speaking, refusing to participated in the established cooperation schemes, they isolate themselves,” said Ben Rhodes, a Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the US President.
Just a reminder: In early February, it became known about closing up the negotiations between Russia and the United States on nuclear arms reductions on Moscow’s initiative. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov then explained that the countries "reached the line, at which the bilateral US-Russian negotiations in this area were not possible."
It is reported that the summit will be one of the last major international meetings organized by the President Barack Obama’s Administration. The main event of the summit is Obama's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, during which the parties will raise the issue of control over North Korea’s nuclear capability. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on a visit to Washington as well.