INTERNATIONAL

Russia, US diplomats discuss bilateral ties, international issues

Moscow, July 22: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed prospects of Russia-US relations and possible cooperation on Syria and the Korean Peninsula, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. During a telephonic conversation on Saturday, Lavrov and Pompeo exchanged views on the prospects for further normalizing relations between the two countries “on an equal and mutually beneficial basis”, a statement said, Xinhua reported.

The diplomats also discussed a number of pressing international issues, including, in particular, possible interaction of Russia and the US with other countries to address humanitarian problems in Syria as well as to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, according to the statement. On July 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump held a full-fledged summit in Finland’s capital Helsinki, at which the two leaders discussed a wide range of topics including Russia-US relations, national security and top international issues. Pompeo on Friday confirmed Trump’s continuing of talks with Putin and said that the two leaders began discussing the return of millions of Syrian refugees. (IANS)