Pompeo said Lavrov, the U.S. desire to improve relations with Russia

© AFP 2018 / Mandel the NganГоссекретарь USA Mike Pompeo. Archival photoPompeo said Lavrov, the U.S. desire to improve relations with Russia© 2018 AFP / Mandel Ngan

U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo discussed on Friday with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov bilateral relations and the situation in Syria, reported the press service of the state Department.

«The Secretary of state Pompeo confirmed that the United States seeks to improve relations with Russia, and agreed to continue the dialogue», — stated in the message. Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed the recent sanctions imposed against Russia in connection with the «business Skrypalia» and «current problems in Syria.»

On Wednesday USA announced that it is preparing to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with the incident in the British Salisbury, which include a ban on the supply to Russia of dual-use goods.

In the English town of Salisbury on March 4, according to British authorities, was poisoned, former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter Julia, which triggered a major international scandal. London believes that the poisoning Skrobala substance A234 involved in the Russian government, Moscow categorically denies it. The US sided with its ally, sending out of the country 60 Russian diplomats.

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