Moscow:  Russia and the US have not scheduled any direct contacts for the beginning of 2019 so far, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said. Also Read - Sputnik V: World's First COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Public in Russia, Claim Reports

“As for direct face-to-face meetings, no contacts are (planned) for the near future,” he was quoted by Tass news agency as saying on Saturday. Also Read - 'We Are Going to Have to See What Happens': Trump Refuses to Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power if he Loses

In November, following the cancellation of a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, the latter called off another previously scheduled meeting with his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the Group of 20 in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Also Read - US Has The Most Powerful Weapons Ever Produced, Says Trump; Hopes He Will Never Have to Use Them

Ryabkov noted that Moscow and Washington have continued working contacts through correspondence and embassies, such as a recent telephone conversation between the chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov and the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, Xinhua reported.

Putin has repeatedly said that he is ready to meet Trump and discuss multiple issues on the bilateral and international agendas.