25 March 201918:59

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


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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on March 25.

The Secretary of State was interested in certain issues related to the developments in Venezuela and Syria.

Sergey Lavrov emphasised that Washington’s attempts to organise a coup d’etat in Venezuela and threats to its legitimate government are a violation of the UN Charter and blatant interference in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state. He also stressed that the US’s intention to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights would lead to a serious violation of international law, impede the Syrian settlement process and aggravate the situation in the Middle East.

Speaking about Ukraine, Sergey Lavrov noted that Washington’s playing into the Kiev regime’s hands in torpedoing the Minsk Agreements on the settlement of the intra-Ukrainian conflict was unacceptable.

After stating principal differences in Russian and US positions, the officials agreed to stay in touch and continue to exchange assessments on the abovementioned and other international issues as well as problematic aspects of bilateral relations.

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