February 7 , 2018 – FRN –
Russia has offered the US a list of bilateral topics for discussion, but Washington has no interest in reaching substantive agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“In the spring, sometime last April, I passed on (to Secretary of State) Rex Tillerson a list of issues that we suggested were important to exchange opinions. Questions of mutual interest “Lavrov said at “Leaders of Russia” forum.
“There are a lot of complicated things there, for example – the actual kidnapping of our citizens abroad on suspicion of cybercrimes, while ignoring the Russian-American treaty on mutual assistance in criminal matters that should be used, and if there are suspicions of criminal activity, we are obliged to receive information and conduct consultations.” the minister said.
“The list was passed without any politicization, without ideology, just a list of questions and I suggested: let’s sit down and calmly start discussing them. Nothing happened, besides a couple meetings just for show, which achieved nothing. The American side has no interest in reaching essential agreements at all “, – the minister added.
“Meanwhile, many countries, if not most countries, say that they see Russia as one of the key guarantors of stability in the world, a defender of international law,” he said.