Inter-American problems and regional policy
Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
On April 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked by telephone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
As a follow-up on the telephone conversations between the Presidents of Russia and the United States on April 9, 10, 11 and 12, the heads of foreign policy departments continued to exchange views on the global situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the instability in world oil markets. Both sides confirmed their willingness to continue to coordinate actions in the interests of overcoming these acute challenges as soon as possible.
They also discussed issues of strategic stability, with Sergey Lavrov reiterating the Russian proposal to extend the New START Treaty, which expires in February 2021. He emphasised that Russia is ready to work on new nuclear weapons control agreements, but that it is still important to preserve the New START Treaty as the cornerstone of global security until they are developed, which will inevitably take time.
The parties agreed to intensify the Russian-American dialogue on arms control and non-proliferation. Sergey Lavrov emphasised the need to build it up, taking into account all the factors affecting strategic stability today.
Sergey Lavrov and Mike Pompeo agreed to cooperate closely in preparing for the summit meeting of the UN Security Council permanent members on a wide range of international security matters, which was initiated by the President of Russia and scheduled for later this year.
Sergey Lavrov reminded his counterpart of Russia’s proposals to resume the work of the US-Russia Working Group on Threats to and in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies, which was suspended by the previous US administration, and to intensify the counter-terrorism dialogue.
They also touched on other urgent international problems and issues on the bilateral agenda such as the repatriation of Russian citizens from the United States, including some stranded secondary school students participating in educational mobility programmes.