WASHINGTON, 11 Mar – RIA Novosti. There have been no significant changes in the contacts of the Russian diplomatic mission with US officials after the arrival of the administration of President Joe Biden, Russian Consul General in Houston Alexander Zakharov said in an interview with RIA Novosti. “There have been no significant changes in terms of contacts with officials after the arrival of the new administration. less, meetings at various levels continue, for example with secretaries of states who are responsible for international relations, mayors of cities, representatives of the business community, “he said.
The Russian diplomat also stressed that to solve specific problems, the Consulate General uses contacts with local state and municipal structures, including branches of federal ministries, primarily the State Department, immigration and law enforcement agencies, state secretaries, the mayor's office of Houston and other cities.
“Yes, it happens that the attitude towards Russian diplomats is wary, but it cannot be said that it was biased,” Zakharov noted.
According to the diplomat, “perhaps, the anti-Russian rhetoric, artificially whipped up over the years, is balanced here with traditional” southern “hospitality.
At the same time, the Russian Consul General noted that cooperation between Russia and the United States at the interregional level continues to develop, and the Moscow-Houston line is working.
“In particular, in February 2020, a representative delegation of the Moscow government visited Houston. As part of the visit, the Welcome to Moscow pavilion was deployed at the famous Houston Rodeo, and one of the days of the event was renamed Russia Day,” he said …
Zakharov noted that many events now have to be held in virtual mode. According to the diplomat, now the diplomatic mission is preparing to hold a teleconference on the ties between the twin cities of Iowa and Stavropol.
“In general, there are many interesting plans and ideas, we hope that all of them will be implemented,” he added, also expressing the hope that with the improvement of the epidemiological situation, mutual visits will resume.