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21 July 201817:18

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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On July 21, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the initiative of the US side.

Mr. Lavrov and Mr. Pompeo elaborated on the July 16 Russian-US summit in Helsinki and exchanged opinions on prospects for further expanding bilateral relations as well as normalising them on an equitable and mutually beneficial footing.

They also discussed the situation in and around Syria, including possible Russian-US cooperation to resolve humanitarian matters in the Syrian Arab Republic together with other countries, and efforts linked with supporting efforts to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.

Mr. Lavrov underscored the unacceptability of actions of US authorities who had arrested Russian citizen Maria Butina on trumped-up charges and the need for her fastest possible release.

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