Sergey Lavrov on US, Russia relations

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What I feel, talking to Rex Tillerson, is that this is the position of the administration, that they are not happy with the current state of relations, and we are not happy at all.feedback
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Sep 20 2017
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All quotes by Sergey Lavrov on US, Russia relations

There is also a room where they get together before an event starts. They cannot arrive all at the same time on the bus. After the dinner was over…I was not there…President Trump apparently went to pick up his wife and spent some minutes with President Putin…so what?feedback

I cannot say that we are not considering a threat what is going on with the Korean peninsula because of what North Korea is doing in gross violation of the Security Council resolutions. We do not believe in regime change anywhere. I hear very enthusiastic voices in the United States, including in some parts of this administration, that the patience has been over and they must do something because the threat is growing and growing, intercontinental ballistic missile was launched … And those who keep those scenarios in their minds, I believe they are not responsible as politicians.feedback

There is also a room where they get together before an event starts. They cannot arrive all at the same time on the bus. They "might have met even much more than just three times.feedback

How is it possible to take away property formalized by a ratified inter-governmental document? And what kind of principle is it to say 'What's mine is mine, and we'll divide what's yours' while discussing its return? Decent and well brought up people don't behave this way. I am confident that the Trump administration has some reasonable people who realize that the Obama administration had made a decision to seize diplomatic real estate and to evict Russian diplomats and their families when the administration was in its death throes.feedback

The situation is outrageous. I believe that for such a great country like the United States of America, this advocate of international law, it's just shameful to leave the situation in mid-air. We are now thinking of specific steps. If this does not happen, if we see that this step is not seen as essential in Washington, then of course we will take retaliatory measures. This is the law of diplomacy, the law of international affairs, that reciprocity is the basis of all relations.feedback

The situation is outrageous. It is just shameful for the United States to leave this situation hanging in the mid-air.feedback

My feeling is that it's been confirmed that the presidents, both the Russian and the American, are driven above all by the countries' national interests and that they understand these interests primarily as looking for mutually beneficial agreements and not trying to act out some confrontation scenarios, not trying to create problems out of nothing.feedback

U.S. President Trump said that he heard firm assertions from Russian President Putin that it is not true and that Russian authorities have not meddled in the elections. He (Trump) said that he accepts these assertions. That's it.feedback

Judging by their telephone conversations, they have a desire to get beyond this abnormality and start seeking agreement on specific issues.feedback

We assume that contact will take place, as the two presidents will at the same time be in one town, in one building, in one room.feedback

Probably it won't be right if they could not have a talk ... on many issues.feedback

I can only express my regrets at the Russophobe obsession of our (U.S.) colleagues.feedback

Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We had nothing to do with that.feedback

We discussed our bilateral relations which are not very encouraging. The reason is well known. Unfortunately the previous administration bent over backwards to undermine the solid foundation of those relations.feedback

Regarding this noise about our contacts, that fake information by which we are allegedly in control of the domestic policy of the US – yes, it [has become] the normal background for our relations. It must be humiliating for the American people to realise that the Russian federation is controlling the situation in America. How is it possible for such a great power and such a great country?feedback

We discussed specific issues, and we didn't even raise those absurd issues. That is why there is no need for him to tell us anything or to give us assurance behind closed doors. How can it be possible for such a great power and great country? I believe that politicians are damaging the political system of the U.S., trying to pretend that someone is controlling America from the outside.feedback

If our U.S. colleagues and some European nations believe that their version is right, they have no reason to fear the creation of such an independent group. What has changed is that Trump is now the American president. He reacted with deep emotion to the reports he was receiving of the deaths of Syrian civilians from the poison gas attacks. Voices from the U.S. Congress demanding that the administration seek congressional approval of deeper U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war are being heard. How the president will answer those demands is as yet unclear.feedback

We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts. I do not know who saw them. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie.feedback

We saw that our American colleagues are ready to support such an investigation and we expect that the powers that the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have will be used immediately.feedback

It's quite evident that this is a topic with regard to which we have differences of opinion.feedback

We have seen just recent highly alarming actions, when there was the unlawful attack against Syria. We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future. I believe that your visit is quite timely. I believe that it gives us necessary opportunity, as it was discussed by President Trump and President Putin, to have an honest and frank discussion to clear the outlook for the future of our cooperation, first and foremost on the wide anti-terrorist front.feedback

We have seen very alarming actions recently with an unlawful attack against Syria. We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future. It's not easy to get clarifications on the current as well as prospective issues because of that.feedback

Our policy is consistent and it's formulated exclusively on the basis of international law and not under the impact of current opportunistic motives or false choice: 'You are with us or against us,'.feedback

Overcoming the most heavy damage inflicted on the U.S.-Russian relations by the administration of Barack Obama will take time and serious effort. I know that Mr. Trump is considered a master of deal-making, but President Putin also knows how to make deals, and always in Russia's interests.feedback

We know that Trump is considered a master in making deals but Vladimir Putin can negotiate, too – and always in the interest of Russia.feedback

Iran, Russian and Turkey express their readiness to act in favour and become guarantors of the agreement that is being prepared and negotiated at the moment by the Syrian government and opposition. The three call on all the other countries that have influence on the situation on the ground to do the same.feedback

We respect the choice of the American people. We're open about working with the new president and that would've been the case whatever the result. Of course we expect that the relations between Russia and the US, which at the moment are going through a very very unfavourable period, will become smoother and return to normal, which is not only in the interests of our peoples but also the international community.feedback

We, as John has just said, are creating a joint operations centre where military and special forces from Russia and the US will treat practical questions of separating terrorists and moderate opposition. We will then coordinate joint strikes on terrorists with Russia and US Air Forces.feedback

Literally on the day Russia and the United States approved the joint initiative on the ceasefire in Syria, voices could be heard from the capitals of US allies and from Washington questioning the viability of this agreement. We want to say frankly that these voices are a call for war rather than for peace.feedback

Such meetings are not a format that would cause problems for the Japan-US relationship. And we hope that the Japan-US relationship wouldn't get in the way of cooperation with Russia. When we create friendly relationships with one party, we don't do it to antagonise another.feedback

Russia should learn from the experience of 2006/2009. These things when you employ them, energy weapons, do work in the short term, but they backfire in the long term. Russia is more dependent on the income of the gas then Europe is dependent on the gas. So, yes there will be a short term problem if Russia proceeds, but at the end of the day it might have more problems than us.feedback

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