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USA: Russia proposed to extend START Treaty - Lavrov following meeting with Pompeo

United States, Washington DC
December 10, 2019 at 21:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed the willingness of Russia to extend the New START Treaty, during a press conference following negotiations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

“We are also confirming our proposal to yet again use the example of the USSR and the U.S. to make a statement at the level of presidents about unacceptability of certain nuclear war,” Lavrov said.

The Russian Foreign Minister reiterated Moscow's earlier proposals to adopt a statement on the inadmissibility of nuclear war between countries, as well as to immediately extend the New START Treaty, which expires in 2021. Russia has been offering this to the United States for a long time, but has not yet received a response, said Lavrov.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to support Juan Guaido as Venezuela's leader. “The longer that Nicolas Maduro hangs on to power, the deeper the misery of the Venezuelan people.  We’ve asked the Russian Government to support the aspiration for democracy and the legitimacy of Interim President Juan Guaido and the call that we have made for free and fair presidential elections,” Pompeo said.

Lavrov responded that Moscow has always been in favour of the Venezuelan people being able to determine their own destiny. “Those sprouts of dialogue that were first seen in the Oslo format that unfortunately is in limbo right now, and that dialogue that we are seeing in the roundtable in between the moderate opposition and the government would yield the necessary result and the crisis will be settled through peaceful means only,” said Lavrov.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed the willingness of Russia to extend the New START Treaty, during a press conference following negotiations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

“We are also confirming our proposal to yet again use the example of the USSR and the U.S. to make a statement at the level of presidents about unacceptability of certain nuclear war,” Lavrov said.

The Russian Foreign Minister reiterated Moscow's earlier proposals to adopt a statement on the inadmissibility of nuclear war between countries, as well as to immediately extend the New START Treaty, which expires in 2021. Russia has been offering this to the United States for a long time, but has not yet received a response, said Lavrov.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russia to support Juan Guaido as Venezuela's leader. “The longer that Nicolas Maduro hangs on to power, the deeper the misery of the Venezuelan people.  We’ve asked the Russian Government to support the aspiration for democracy and the legitimacy of Interim President Juan Guaido and the call that we have made for free and fair presidential elections,” Pompeo said.

Lavrov responded that Moscow has always been in favour of the Venezuelan people being able to determine their own destiny. “Those sprouts of dialogue that were first seen in the Oslo format that unfortunately is in limbo right now, and that dialogue that we are seeing in the roundtable in between the moderate opposition and the government would yield the necessary result and the crisis will be settled through peaceful means only,” said Lavrov.

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