Lavrov: Ryabkov-Shannon format of dialogue to be preserved

Lavrov: Ryabkov-Shannon format of dialogue to be preserved

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said after talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Moscow and Washington will preserve the format of dialogue between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov and US Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon.

"Among other things, we agreed to preserve the Shannon-Ryabkov mechanism of regular contacts. They will coordinate their next meetings," TASS cited Lavrov as saying.

The latest Ryabkov-Shannon meeting took place on September 11-12 in Helsinki. The sides failed to reach any practical agreement on bilateral issues, but, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russia and the United States were able to clarify positions on a number of issues.

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