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USA: Lavrov offers Washington to publish bilateral correspondence over 2016 elections

United States, Washington DC
December 10, 2019 at 20:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian side is ready to publish bilateral correspondence between Russia and the United States over October 2016 - November 2017, during a press conference following negotiations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Pompeo said that the United States "will take action in response" if Russia tries to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election. He called unacceptable the interference of other states in the US internal affairs. "I made our expectations of Russia clear," Pompeo said. Lavrov responded by stating “speculations about our alleged interference in domestic processes in the United States are baseless” and that Russia has offered to publish closed-channel correspondence from between October 2016 till November 2017 in order to prove this, but the US refused to do so. He again reiterated that Russia is “prepared to do that.”

During his speech, Pompeo emphasised the importance for US President Donald Trump of returning detained US citizens to their home country. In response, Russia’s foreign minister said that one US citizen accused of espionage, Paul Whelan, currently being held in a pre-trial detention facility, may be trying to create the image of a “martyr”. According to Lavrov, Whelan threatened “that he’ll put a drill to the head of the office" and made many other "arrogant" statements. "Maybe if these tactics of the lawyers are aimed at – to create an image of a martyr, maybe that is not a correct one, not a correct approach and not an honest one," Lavrov said.

Additionally, Pompeo stressed that sanctions that US has “levied on Russian individuals and entities are in no way targeted at the Russian people”, adding that his country is “working on the diplomatic level to get this relationship right”.

According to Lavrov, during the discussions of bilateral affairs, the two men spoke “frankly and businesslike” about strategic stability and arms control. ”We’re trying not only to hear – not only to listen to each other, but to hear each other,” he said.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Russian side is ready to publish bilateral correspondence between Russia and the United States over October 2016 - November 2017, during a press conference following negotiations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

Pompeo said that the United States "will take action in response" if Russia tries to interfere in the 2020 US presidential election. He called unacceptable the interference of other states in the US internal affairs. "I made our expectations of Russia clear," Pompeo said. Lavrov responded by stating “speculations about our alleged interference in domestic processes in the United States are baseless” and that Russia has offered to publish closed-channel correspondence from between October 2016 till November 2017 in order to prove this, but the US refused to do so. He again reiterated that Russia is “prepared to do that.”

During his speech, Pompeo emphasised the importance for US President Donald Trump of returning detained US citizens to their home country. In response, Russia’s foreign minister said that one US citizen accused of espionage, Paul Whelan, currently being held in a pre-trial detention facility, may be trying to create the image of a “martyr”. According to Lavrov, Whelan threatened “that he’ll put a drill to the head of the office" and made many other "arrogant" statements. "Maybe if these tactics of the lawyers are aimed at – to create an image of a martyr, maybe that is not a correct one, not a correct approach and not an honest one," Lavrov said.

Additionally, Pompeo stressed that sanctions that US has “levied on Russian individuals and entities are in no way targeted at the Russian people”, adding that his country is “working on the diplomatic level to get this relationship right”.

According to Lavrov, during the discussions of bilateral affairs, the two men spoke “frankly and businesslike” about strategic stability and arms control. ”We’re trying not only to hear – not only to listen to each other, but to hear each other,” he said.

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