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26 December 201719:50

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

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On December 26, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke over the telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The call was initiated by the US side.

The sides agreed that North Korea’s nuclear missile developments were violating UN Security Council requirements. Mr Lavrov again stressed that it was unacceptable to escalate tensions around the Korean Peninsula by Washington’s aggressive rhetoric against Pyongyang and buildup of war preparations in the region. The need to switch from the language of sanctions to the negotiating process as soon as possible was emphasised.

The officials discussed further steps to overcome the conflict in Syria, while preserving its territorial integrity, including the holding of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi as part of the efforts to move to a settlement based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and encourage direct talks between the Syrian Government and the opposition in Geneva without any preconditions.

The officials also discussed other international issues, including the situation in Ukraine in the context of implementing the Minsk Agreements. They reaffirmed the importance of further using the bilateral channel of consultations in addition to the Contact Group and the Normandy format.

While reviewing bilateral relations, Mr Lavrov and Mr Tillerson agreed to step up dialogue on urgent issues of strategic stability. Both diplomats agreed to stay in close contact.

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