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US and Russia agree to discuss bilateral ties at the sidelines of ASEAN

Moscow: US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke and agreed to discuss bilateral ties in Manila at the weekend, the Russian ministry said.

The countries' top diplomats spoke on Thursday as US president Donald Trump warned that bilateral ties are at an all-time and "very dangerous" low.

File image of US president Donald Trump meeting Sergei Lavrov. Reuters

File image of US president Donald Trump meeting Sergei Lavrov. Reuters

Moscow said the Tillerson-Lavrov phone call took place on the US initiative.

The two men agreed to discuss topics including "the state of bilateral relations between Russia and the US at a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN regional forum on security from 6 to 8 August in Manila," the Russian foreign ministry statement said,

Lavrov and Tillerson also talked about how the United Nations Security Council should respond to North Korea's latest missile launch on 28 July and agreed to discuss this in more detail in Manila, Moscow said.

They "agreed to discuss in detail the prospects of mutual cooperation" on resolving the situation in Manila, Moscow added.


Updated Date: Aug 04, 2017 07:54 AM

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