Lavrov and Pompeo carried out in Helsinki, first meeting

HELSINKI, July 16. /TASS/. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state Michael Pompeo carried out at the moment the talks in the Finnish capital, the correspondent of TASS from the event. The meeting of foreign Ministers held on the sidelines of the two presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald trump.

Lavrov and Pompeo greeted each other and shook hands. The conversation takes place in closed to the press.

This is their first meeting since the appointment of the Pompeo for the post of Secretary of state. Before that, they several times spoke on the phone.

Earlier in the broadcast RT, the Russian Minister noted that representatives of the two countries will discuss all the questions, “who want to raise”. At the end of June it was reported that Lavrov and Pompeo can meet in front of the Russian-American summit. However, as said the Russian foreign Minister, U.S. Secretary of state said in a phone interview that due to the busy schedule is not able to hold such a meeting.


The agenda of the Ministerial meeting was very similar to the list of issues of the summit. This is a problematic issues in bilateral relations, which, in the opinion of the Russian side, are in a deplorable state, and international issues. As expected, the heads of depodesta affected by Syria given the situation in the South of this Arab Republic, North Korea and the Ukrainian crisis settlement, and issues of strategic stability in the context of missile defense and the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range.


Putin and trump for the first time held talks on 7 July, 2017 on the sidelines of the group of twenty summit in Hamburg. In November of the same year at the summit of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation in Vietnam a full-fledged bilateral meeting, the leaders did not happen, but they talked on the sidelines of the forum and endorsed the joint statement on Syria.