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New US Sec State Tillerson Describes First Meeting with Russia’s Lavrov as “Productive”

Friday, February 17, 2017 1:36
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Amazingly, this story was all but completely blacked out of the US media. Considering what ‘fragile and tense’ relations there are between the US and Russia, it seems unreal that the US media would choose to ignore this story…

While the US media were busy obsessing over Donald Trump’s scandale de jour, for the first time, the new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

According to reports from yesterday’s G20 Summit in Germany, the Russian delegation reiterated that it does not wish to interfere in other countries’ interior affairs.

Reporters asked Lavrov to comment on the current anti-Russia hysteria being stoked in Washington underlined by President Donald Trump’s recent sacking of national security advisor Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russian officials.

“You should know we do not interfere in the domestic matters of other countries,” Lavrov said.

More from RT International…

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said his first meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was productive, stressing that Moscow is ready to work with Washington on all issues as soon as Donald Trump’s foreign policy team is fully formed.

Lavrov and Tillerson talked at a G20 summit in Germany. It was the pair’s first meeting since Tillerson became Secretary of State, and came as a possible Russia-US rapprochement is in the spotlight.

“As soon as the teams in the State Department and the relevant agencies are formed, we expressed readiness to establish contacts,” Lavrov told journalists at the G20 summit in Bonn, Germany.

During his meeting with Tillerson, the situations in Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine was discussed, the FM said.

“On all those issues, our American colleagues said they’re interested in joining the efforts that are made to overcome those conflicts,” he stressed.

The sides “confirmed mutual interest, coinciding interests, first of all regarding the outright battle against terrorism and the political settlement in Syria,” as well as cooperation on other nations in the region “where terrorism took root,” Lavrov said.

According to Lavrov, Washington’s sanctions against Moscow were not discussed during the meeting.

Lavrov again called the decision by the Obama administration to put restrictions on Russia “abnormal.”

As for a possible meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, “the two presidents will meet when they decide that it’s the right time,” the FM said…

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