US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo held telephone talks with the head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov. Pompeo expressed a desire to improve relations between the two countries, and the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia has declared categorical rejection of sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of former Russian intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the British city of Salisbury.
About it is notified on the official website of the U.S. state Department.
During the phone conversation, Mike Pompeo expressed a desire to improve relations between the two countries.
The diplomats also discussed new US sanctions against Russia from-for poisonings with Sergei Skripal, the situation in Syria and other topics considered during the meeting of presidents of Russia and USA in Helsinki on 16 July.
The Russian foreign Ministry website reports that the conversation was initiated by the American side.
“The Russian side had expressed a categorical rejection of the recently announced Washington’s new sanctions, citing the alleged information about the Russian involvement in the so-called “case of Violinists”. Sergey Lavrov emphasized that neither the US nor UK or any other country for the time after the incident in Salisbury has not provided a single fact in support of such statements”, – is spoken in the message.
Recall that the United States is developing new sanctions against Russia, which will affect the Pro-Putin oligarchs. Such a bill has recently been presented by senators from the Republican and Democratic parties of the USA. New sanctions against Russia designed to punish her if she will intervene in the legislative elections of the USA which will be held in November. Democratic Senator Ben Cardin believes that trump statements give Moscow the signal that it can continue to interfere in American political processes.
August 8, the press Secretary of the U.S. Department of State Heather Nauert said that the US announce new sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in British Salisbury in early March. They will become effective approximately August 22. The reason is “the government’s use of Russian chemical or biological weapons against its own citizens”.
Subsequently, the Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that the strengthening of U.S. sanctions on Russia will be regarded as a Declaration of economic war.