WASHINGTON, 1 Nov. /TASS/. Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov on Tuesday during a meeting at the state Department with Secretary Rex Tillerson noted the “dismal state of bilateral relations” and called for the revision of the non-constructive line in relations with Moscow. This was reported by press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington Nikolay Lakhonin.
The position of the Russian Federation
“During the meeting, Antonov said the dismal state of bilateral relations, the flawed us policy of sanctions based on unsubstantiated accusations of Russian interference in presidential elections in the United States. The Ambassador called for a review of this non-constructive policy, stressing that the US and Russia as major nuclear powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council bear a special responsibility for international peace and security,” – said in a statement.
Loonin noted that “the meeting was held in a constructive atmosphere”.
According to him, “in this context plays the key role in the establishment of a joint struggle against terrorism and the prospect of the complete defeat of the” banned terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG). The press Secretary also pointed out that during the conversation was “affected by the importance of political and diplomatic settlement of the situation around North Korea”. “The recognition of the nuclear status of Pyongyang – is unacceptable to both countries,” the statement reads.
Antonov and Tillerson also expressed a positive assessment of the consultations between Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and special envoy of the USA to Ukraine with Kurt Volker for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. “Was expressed a positive assessment of the consultations Surkov – Walker unconditional implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine”, – said the press Secretary of the Embassy.
Antonov also gave the Secretary a copy of the petition to the Council of the Federation to the legislative bodies of the United States, China, France, Germany, great Britain, and the European Parliament “in connection with the arisen threat of termination of US participation in the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.”
As he told a meeting at the state Department
The head of the press service of the Department of state Heather Nauert noted that the Secretary of state and the Ambassador discussed a number of issues, including bilateral relations, the situation in Ukraine, in Syria, and the threat of the DPRK. “Tillerson and Antonov today (Tuesday) met at the state Department. They discussed the need to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the full implementation [of the provisions] of the Minsk agreements Other topics included countering the threat posed by North Korea, and prospects for the improvement of our bilateral relations”, – stated in the document.
Nauert also stressed that Tillerson and Antonov touched on the topic of fight against IG in Syria and the Geneva talks on settlement of the situation in the country. “They also discussed the defeat of ISIS in Syria and the continued commitment of the United States to the Geneva talks as the best way of achieving a political settlement of the conflict”, – said the representative office.