Lavrov: Russia’s politeness in talks with U.S. doesn’t mean giving up its positions

Lavrov: Russia’s politeness in talks with U.S. doesn’t mean giving up its positions

Politeness and amiability in the negotiations with Washington do not mean that Moscow is willing to give up its positions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"If we are polite, this absolutely does not imply that we will make compromises that contradict Russian national interests," the Russian top diplomat noted. He underlined that politeness and pliability "are two different notions." "You should always be polite, and we are polite people," TASS cited Lavrov as saying.

"We talk on any topics coming from the idea that it’s important to talk and hear each other. And, by the way, we always hear others, while they don’t always do the same," the Russian Foreign Minister said.

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