Telephone conversation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
At the US’s initiative, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone on March 2.
The situation around Venezuela topped their agenda. Sergey Lavrov condemned the threats the US has made toward the country’s lawful leadership, which is an overt interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and a severe violation of the international law. This incitement and destructive external influence, imposed under the hypocritical pretense of rendering humanitarian aid, has nothing to do with the democratic process. In connection with Washington’s proposal to hold bilateral consultations on the Venezuelan topic, it was stated that Russia is ready to participate in this, but it is vital to be strictly guided by the principles of the UN Charter since only the Venezuelan people have the right to determine their future.
When discussing other international issues, the parties stipulated that expert contacts would continue regarding Syria, Afghanistan and the Korean Peninsula.