Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Russia Hopes for Continuation of Contacts With US Over Syrian Settlement

Turkey becomes sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN Russia Hopes for Continuation of Contacts With US Over Syrian Settlement
Melinda Barton | 06 August, 2017, 23:36

Despite that, "we are ready to normalize the dialogue if Washington abandons this confrontational policy", the ministry said.

Lavrov said he also cited President Vladimir Putin who, in an interview to Russian TV last week, explained Moscow's need to retaliate to the US sanctions over its role in the Ukrainian crisis and recently expanded to punish Russia for meddling in the USA presidential election.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (1st R) meets with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov (1st L) on the sidelines of a series of ASEAN foreign ministers' meetings in Manila, the Philippines, Aug. 6, 2017.

"He was primarily interested.in details of those decisions that we grudgingly made in response to the law on anti-Russian sanctions", Lavrov reportedly said after meeting with the secretary outside of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum in Manila.

Tillerson emerged from the meeting an hour after it started without taking questions or giving remarks to reporters.

Moscow said the Tillerson-Lavrov phone call took place on the U.S. initiative.

Lavrov also said that Tillerson agreed to resume talks between US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon and Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

The meeting was their first since President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law the sanctions that Russian Federation said amounted to a full-scale trade war and ended hopes for better ties.

Lawmakers in Congress passed the bill as a response to Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, its involvement in the Syrian conflict and its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Russian Federation called the measure a "fully-fledged trade war", and issued their own retaliatory response including ousting over 750 USA diplomatic officials by the first of September and plans to take over diplomatic property previously used by the U.S.