Top diplomats Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov made their first appearance at the first meeting after meeting Joe Biden as US President.
The top spies of the United States and Russia have held public talks and acknowledged that even the former enemies of the Cold War have serious arguments over how to control world events and have found ways to work together for good.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his first meeting Wednesday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a former ambassador, said it was “not a secret that we are different”, but that the world could be safer if the two leaders worked together. .
Lavrov praised the discussion as “constructive” and “helpful”, noting that both sides understood the need to improve the relationship.
“These talks seem like a good thing for me,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by Russian media following the talks in Reykjavik.
Blinken said Biden wanted “a strong, strong relationship with Russia” and said the two countries could work together to combat the coronavirus, combat climate change, combat Iran and North Korea programs and the war in Afghanistan.
“We think it’s good for our people, good for the Russian people and good for the world,” Blinken said.
The talks became the first meeting between the two countries since Joe Biden became US President in January and lasted one hour and 45 minutes, longer than an hour.
Lavrov said the ambassadors were preparing for talks at a meeting between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in early June, according to Russian media.
Summary of the meeting from State Department spokesman Ned Price did not mention a possible presidential meeting.
Blinken raised concerns about the deployment of Russian troops in and around Ukraine and improved the health of Kremlin defender Alexey Navalny, Price said. He also urged Russia to release US citizens Paul Whelan and Trevor Reed.
The relationship between the two countries began in March when Biden – soon after he became president – said he saw Putin as a “murderer”, prompting Moscow to remember his US ambassador for talks. The delegation did not return.
Lavrov said there were “many flaws” in relations between the two countries and working with them was not easy.
“But I noticed the determination of Antony Blinken and his team to do so. We will not be found needy, ”he said.
Half an hour into the third summit, the US set up a fleet of ships involved in the construction of a $ 11bn Nord Stream 2 pipeline that could carry Russian air from the Arctic to Germany, a deal that Biden has opposed. The management decided, however, not to dismiss the company behind the pipeline with their boss.
After a brief speech, Mr. Lavrov did not answer questions posed in the by-elections.
Prior to the announcement, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the removal of the risks would help strengthen relations between Moscow and Washington.
Lavrov, citing Russia’s abbreviation in relation to the United States, described it as “simple”.
“We are prepared to discuss all issues indiscriminately, but assuming that the discussion is honest, it is about what has been said, and based on mutual respect.”