Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
On February 4, Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Having congratulated his colleague on his appointment, the minister expressed willingness to conduct a constructive dialogue on a wide range of issues.
Following the telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joseph Biden, the officials welcomed the extension of the New START Treaty on limiting strategic nuclear arms until 2026, which will improve the general situation in international security and strategic stability. They touched on the problem of making arms control predictable, considering the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty and the prospects for the Open Skies Treaty.
The officials also discussed international issues, in part, promoting a peaceful settlement in Syria and Libya and the situation in Ukraine.
Mr Lavrov reminded the Secretary of State about Moscow’s earlier proposals to adopt joint Russian-US statements on the unacceptability of nuclear war and on non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs.
In connection with the developments around Alexey Navalny, which were mentioned by Mr Blinken, Mr Lavrov gave detailed explanations about the need to respect the laws and the judicial system of the Russian Federation. He drew Mr Blinken’s attention to the persecution of the protesters against the results of the presidential election and urged the US to ensure transparency in the relevant legal procedures.
Mr Lavrov confirmed Russia’s willingness to work jointly for normalising the entire range of bilateral relations while observing mutual respect and a balance of interests. The officials emphasised their interest in mutually eliminating the accumulated difficulties in the operations of the Russian and US diplomatic missions in both countries. Anthony Blinken displayed a willingness to organise an expert dialogue on these issues.
The officials supported the promotion of cooperation in countering the coronavirus infection, including the development and upgrading of vaccines.
They agreed to maintain continuous working contacts.