Meeting Tillerson-Lavrov in the midst of a sanctions war between Moscow and Washington
DIPLOMACY Russia and Ukraine were on the agenda of this meeting Tillerson-Lavrov between the two secretaries of state …
While relations between Washington and Moscow are at their lowest, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met on Sunday night in New York before the start of the UN General Assembly United.
The two ministers, who spoke to the Russian mission to the UN, were kept out of the press and made no statement.
During their meeting, they reiterated their commitment to fostering a decline in violence in Syria and creating the conditions for advancing the political process in Geneva, according to a statement from the US State Department.
Relations that are constantly deteriorating
In addition to “cooperation in the crisis in Syria”, the meeting on Sunday focused on the ongoing issues in the Middle East and the 2015 Minsk agreement on the conflict in Ukraine, which struggled to be implemented, said to journalists the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
The two sides did not specify whether the crisis stemming from North Korean nuclear ambitions had been addressed. Russia believes that the increasing sanctions demanded by the Americans at the UN are ineffective, but nevertheless voted the latest resolutions in this direction, and Washington calls Moscow to put more pressure on Pyongyang.
While the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House in January foreshadowed an upturn in relations between the two great powers, they continued to deteriorate against a backdrop of accusations of Russian interference in the presidential election but also suspicions of collusion between the campaign team of the Republican billionaire and Moscow.
Vladimir Putin will not be present at the UN General Assembly, where Donald Trump will make his first appearance as president and will deliver on Tuesday a much-anticipated speech.