Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed by telephone the settlement of the Syrian crisis and the conflict in Ukraine. This was reported on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. Pompeo is the one that placed the call.
The Foreign Ministry noted that Lavrov and Pompeo discussed “a number of aspects of the joint agenda,” including bilateral relations between Moscow and Washington. The two men also touched on the issue of resolving the conflict in Ukraine on the basis of the Minsk agreements as well as efforts to settle the situation in Syria. The diplomats agreed to continue the dialogue in order to bring the “atmosphere of Russian-American relations” back to a normal level.
Previously, the NBC television network, citing sources, reported that national security advisers had convinced U.S. President Donald Trump that it would be possible for the U.S. to establish a dialogue with Moscow if it toughened relations with the country. According to the network’s source, Trump believes that improving relations with Russia will be beneficial to the U.S., and he thinks that he can achieve it.