Lavrov: results of talks with Tillerson may manifest themselves after a while
The results of Wednesday’s negotiations with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may manifest themselves after a while, but a number of issues will be addressed in a day-to-day mode, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
"I like the way we spent yesterday. There was an important conversation with President Vladimir Putin. It lasted for about two hours. Also, we had held talks in the Kremlin before that. After the news conference we had an informal conversation for about an hour about the emerging opportunities," TASS cited Lavrov as saying.
"The results of the talks may take a while to manifest themselves. At least we agreed to establish day-to-day on-line dialog on a number of major issues, including the inventorying of the problems that were created by the previous administration in bilateral relations, as well as mechanisms on matters related with the implementation of the agreements we have in the military-political sphere and the mechanisms that are expected to narrow disagreements or improve the understanding of each other’s positions on various regional crises, first and foremost, the Syrian settlement," the minister added.
According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Tillerson was not prepared to accept Russia’s proposal to make a joint initiative on setting up a special group to investigate the alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun.
"It seemed to me that Tillerson had a positive view on this idea and promised to work on it. We even said that Russia jointly with the US should put forward this initiative. But he was not ready for this," Lavrov added.