Lavrov: Skripal sanctions to only further aggravate Russia-U.S. relations

Lavrov: Skripal sanctions to only further aggravate Russia-U.S. relations

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have held a phone conversation on the U.S. side’s initiative to discuss the situation in Venezuela, Syria and anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"In connection with the US secretary of state’s previously announced intention to impose additional sanctions on Russia under the absolutely unsubstantiated pretext of last year’s murky case of the Salisbury ‘poisoning’ of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who have since been out of the public’s eye, Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov stressed that this unjustified step by Washington will only further aggravate the situation in bilateral relations and the atmosphere on the international arena," the statement reads.

The top diplomats of the two states have also addressed the situation in Syria and agreed that further bilateral dialogue was necessary for implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on Syrian reconciliation.

The sides also exchanged opinions about the latest contacts between officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Department of State on the Korean Peninsula situation and on promoting the Afghan settlement.

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