Moscow is ready to cut ties with the EU if the Union hits it with painful economic sanctions, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said this in an interview with a pro-Kremlin media posted on the ministry’s website on Friday.
China and India announced they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow on Thursday, news wires reported.
Foreign Ministers of Russia and Germany Sergei Lavrov and Heiko Maas expressed mutual disdain on Tuesday at US sanctions against those countries' Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, dpa reported. "No state has the right to dictate Europe's energy policy with threats, and that will not succeed," Maas told reporters in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday rejected allegations by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Russian hackers had spied on her. "Five years have passed. Not a single concrete fact has been provided," Lavrov said in a live interview with Russia's RBK media group.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine on Thursday discussed advancing peace in east Ukraine, but achieved little as progress is also hampered by the coronavirus restrictions, observers noted.
Russia is ready to discuss hypersonic missiles and other arms control issues with the US as part of wider discussions about strategic stability, news wires reported, citing Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said on Tuesday he wanted to speak to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again after receiving a call from him a couple of days ago during which he said Pompeo touched on resuming talks on arms control and strategic stability.
President Donald Trump warned Moscow not to interfere in US elections as he received Russia’s top diplomat Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday. The White House also said after the talks that the two sides made no visible progress on nuclear arms control.