The foreign ministers of the United States and Russia face to face! What did Biden talk about at the first US-Russian high-level meeting after taking office?
Chinanews.com, May 20, comprehensive report, during the Arctic Council ministerial meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and US Secretary of State Brinken held their first face-to-face meeting. This was the first meeting after US President Biden took power. High-level talks between the United States and Russia. Both Brinken and Lavrov emphasized the differences between the two countries during their meeting, but said that the two sides should cooperate on some issues.
Lavrov: Cooperation where interests coincide
In the first face-to-face meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Brinken used elbows instead of shaking hands and sat down at the negotiating table.
Lavrov said that Russia and the United States must figure out how to handle relations between the two countries. He said: “Of course, this is very important for our relationship. Let us figure out the wishes of the two presidents and what we do next.”
Lavrov also said that Russian President Putin He and U.S. President Biden agreed that the two countries should cooperate where interests coincide, especially on issues of strategic stability.
Lavrov also said: “We will be ready to clear the obstacles left by the former US government, including the operation of the US diplomatic missions in Russia and Russia in the United States.”
p > Lavrov also said: “We have serious differences in our assessment of the international situation, and we have serious differences on how to resolve the normalization of the situation. Our position is very simple. We are ready to discuss all issues without exception, but discuss It will be sincere and based on facts. Of course, it must be done on the basis of mutual respect.”
Blinken: It’s not a secret that there are differences between the United States and Russia
Blinken said that despite the differences, But the United States and Russia can work in multiple directions. If the leaders of the two countries begin to cooperate, the world will become safer.
Blinken said: “We believe that if the leaders of Russia and the United States can work together and cooperate, our people and the world will be safer.”
He reiterated that the United States The new administration’s position that Washington is seeking “a stable and predictable relationship with Russia”, the US Secretary of State said: “It is not a secret that we have differences.”
For aggressive actions, Washington will respond, “not for the purpose of escalation, nor for seeking conflict.”
Blinken believes that the two countries have common interests in areas such as the epidemic and climate change, Iran, North Korea, and Afghanistan. If the United States and Russia can cooperate, the world will become a safer place.
U.S. President Biden is expected to meet with Russian President Putin in June to try to improve the deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia.