New U.S. Ambassador to Moscow meets with her Russian counterpart in Washington

The new U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy, together with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Lynne Tracy. – FREDDIE EVERETT/US STATE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPH

The new U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Lynne Tracy, met Tuesday with her Russian counterpart, Anatoly Antonov, in Washington, the U.S. capital, State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

«This was an opportunity to have talks with his (Russian) counterpart in Washington D.C.,» Price explained at a press conference, adding that no agreement to end the war in Ukraine was negotiated at the meeting, CNN reported.

In this regard, Price has indicated that Tracy will leave for Moscow «when he presents his credentials in the coming days,» so it is expected to take up his post as top U.S. diplomat in Russia «at the end of the month.»

«We have been clear about our desire to maintain open channels of communication with Russia,» he said, adding that the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is «under pressure because of the constraints imposed by the Kremlin.»

«There are open channels of communication. We use these channels to convey where we are on issues that are of top priority for us,» he has explained, specifying that this also includes U.S. citizens «unjustly detained.»