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Russia's Lavrov, US's Pompeo discuss Syria, Koreas by phone

June 19, 2018 at 2:31 am

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Russia, on 9 March 2017 [Nikita Shvetsov – Anadolu Agency]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone on Monday and discussed Syria and problems of the Korean peninsula, Russia’s foreign ministry said.

They also spoke about the schedule of political contacts between Moscow and Washington in the near future and bilateral relations, the ministry said in a statement.

Pompeo “reemphasized the US commitment to the southwest ceasefire arrangement that was approved by President Trump and President Putin one year ago,” the US State Department said in a statement.

Pompeo “noted that it was critical for Russia and the Syrian regime to adhere to these arrangements and ensure no unilateral activity in this area,” it said.

In addition to Syria, Pompeo and Lavrov discussed the US-Russia relationship, the State Department said.

The US statement did not mention whether the two diplomats talked about the Korean Peninsula.

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