US Secretary Pompeo, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discuss Ukraine, Syria

Source : 112 Ukraine

This is their first talk after Pompeo was appointed US Secretary of State
08:08, 31 May 2018

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the phone about Ukraine and improving relations between Russia and the United States. It was reported by the press service of the US Department of State.

"Secretary Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by phone today, their first conversation since the Secretary’s swearing in and the Foreign Minister’s reappointment. The two discussed issues and concerns related to the bilateral relationship, Ukraine, and Syria. Secretary Pompeo reiterated that though the United States seeks an improved relationship with Russia, achieving that will require Russia to demonstrate that it is prepared to take concrete actions to address our concerns, including interfering in U.S. domestic matters," the message says.

Related: US Secretary Pompeo calls on Russia troops to leave Georgia

As it was reported earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized Ukraine’s law on reintegration of Donbas in an interview. When asked how the Minsk agreements relate to this law, Lavrov said that the agreements are still in place from the perspective of international law, as they were approved by the UN Security Council.

He went on to criticize the Donbas reintegration law specifically. He said it actually doesn’t mention the Minsk agreements in any way and called it a law of disintegration because it is directed against the logic of the Minsk agreements which demand a unified public and political environment through a dialogue between the Kyiv authorities and this part of the Ukrainian state.

Related: Pompeo considers necessary for USA to use the Magnitsky act as a political tool

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