Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
On January 24, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the US side’s initiative. The ministers discussed a broad range of issues on the bilateral agenda.
In particular, they expressed a common opinion that North Korea should strictly comply with the requirements of the UN Security Council, which repeatedly denounced North Korea’s nuclear test explosions and missile launches. At the same time, Sergey Lavrov cautioned against escalating tensions around the Korean Peninsula through aggressive rhetoric, anti-North Korean blocs and threats of a naval blockade. The Russian minister pointed out that Pyongyang had demonstrated readiness for dialogue and called for settling disputes exclusively by diplomatic means and with due regard for the related Russian-Chinese initiatives.
The two officials also discussed the settlement of the conflict in Syria, including the progress of the military operation in northern Syria and preparations for the intra-Syrian meeting in Vienna and the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, which is aimed at promoting the UN-led peace process. Sergey Lavrov repeated that only the Syrians themselves have the right to determine their country’s future.