Lavrov and Blinken to meet after Arctic Council events

Lavrov and Blinken to meet after Arctic Council events

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Reykjavik on May 19, following the official program of the Arctic Council’s ministerial meeting, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price said.

"Secretary Blinken will have an opportunity to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tomorrow night on the margins of the Arctic Council. The bilateral meeting will take place after the evening's final Arctic Council event and will provide an opportunity to test the proposition of whether we can achieve a relationship with Moscow that is more stable and predictable," he said.

Earlier, the U.S. Department of State said Blinken planned to discuss bilateral relations and Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project during talks with his Russian counterpart.

The ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council will take place in the capital of Iceland on May 19-20. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sand U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who arrived to Iceland late on Monday, are expected to attend. During the event in Reykjavik, Russia will assume the rotating Arctic Council presidency for 2021-2023.

The Arctic Council comprises Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, Russia, the United States, Finland and Sweden. 12 non-Arctic countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, India, China and France, have the observer status.

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