To the escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula caused by the action of the United States. This view was voiced by the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov during telephone conversation with the head of the US state Department’s Rex Tillerson. This is the official website of the Russian foreign Ministry.

During the conversation Lavrov stressed that the situation on the Korean Peninsula brought the “American military preparations in the region.” The Russian Minister also called for Washington to the resolution of conflicts exclusively by diplomatic means.

In addition, the diplomats discussed the situation in Ukraine. In particular, Lavrov said that Kiev authorities promoted the bill on the “reintegration of Donbass” is clearly contrary to the Minsk agreements and undermines peace.

“The parties exchanged views on the meeting between Russian presidential aide Vyacheslav Surkov and the US special envoy on the issue of Ukraine with Kurt Volker, held in Belgrade on 7 October, and stressed the importance of continuing the communication through this channel to develop realistic approaches to implement the agreed in Minsk “package of measures” – said in Moscow.

Besides, the interlocutors exchanged views on the situation in Syria, “including the prospects of interaction between Russia and the United States to ensure the functioning of the established areas of de-escalation and promotion of the process of political settlement of the conflict.” Lavrov pointed to the need for “uncompromising struggle against the entrenched Syrian terrorist groups in strict compliance with the principle of territorial integrity of the country.”

The diplomats also discussed the problems in bilateral relations. The head of the Russian foreign Ministry once again stressed the requirement of Moscow on the return of illegally removed objects of the Russian diplomatic property and stressed that Russia reserves the right to a trial and the response.

“Both sides have expressed support for the continuation of dialogue on complex issues of Russian-American relations, which started with Deputy foreign Ministers Sergei Ryabkov and Thomas Shannon. The Ministers agreed to stay in touch on important issues of bilateral and international agenda”, – concluded the foreign Ministry.

Lavrov accused the U.S. of escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula 10.10.2017

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