Antony Blinken will meet Lavrov of Russia for the first time

Antony Blinken will meet Lavrov of Russia for the first time

Washington: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the first time on Wednesday, ahead of the Arctic Council’s ministerial meeting in Iceland, a State Department spokesman said.
Ned Price said in a statement on Tuesday evening, “The bilateral meeting will take place after the evening’s final Arctic Council program and it will provide an opportunity to test whether we can achieve a relationship with Moscow that is more stable.” And be predictable. ” DPA news agency reported.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, a face-to-face arrangement between Lavrov and Blinken was made to discuss “mutual relations and key issues of the international agenda”.
The subject that is expected to be discussed will be a possible meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The US president had suggested the two meet at a summit in a third country, but it is unclear whether Putin would accept the invitation.
Biden will make his first overseas trip as president in June, when he is scheduled to attend the G7 summit in Britain and then travel to Belgium for meetings with NATO. Top level talks with EU officials are also planned.
US-Russia relations have come to a standstill over allegations of Washington’s electoral interference and cyber-attacks, dealing with jailed Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and conflict in eastern Ukraine. Both sides have imposed a wave of sanctions and counter-sanctions.

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