ADDIS ABABA, 9 March. /TASS/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson has not held a meeting in Ethiopia. This was announced on Friday, the TASS source in the Russian delegation.
“No, the meeting did not take place”, – said the interlocutor of the Agency, responding to a question.
Lavrov Thursday arrived in Addis Ababa, here visited Tillerson, moreover, the foreign Ministers lived in the same hotel.
On March 5, Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia has proposed to host talks between Lavrov and Tillerson in Ethiopia. However, the next day, the head of the press service of the Department of state Heather Nauert that Washington has received no such proposals from Moscow. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in the United States called such claims a “distortion of reality” and “misinformation”, explaining that the request for the meeting with Lavrov Tillerson was sent to the state Department on March 2.
“With the complicated situation. Two Ministers will be at the same time in the same hotel. This is a great opportunity to talk through the press, and directly. To discuss the complex accumulated issues of regional and global agenda”, according to the Embassy.
He later Lavrov has described as untrue the allegations of the state Department that discussed his possible meeting in Ethiopia with Secretary Rex Tillerson was not conducted.