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Russia, US top diplomats discuss Venezuela, Syria, anti-Russian sanctions

February 13, 1:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

During the conversation, Lavrov warned against any foreign interference into Venezuela’s domestic affairs

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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MOSCOW, February 12. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo have held a phone conversation on the US side’s initiative to discuss the situation in Venezuela, Syria and anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

"In connection with the US secretary of state’s previously announced intention to impose additional sanctions on Russia under the absolutely unsubstantiated pretext of last year’s murky case of the Salisbury ‘poisoning’ of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, who have since been out of the public’s eye, Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov stressed that this unjustified step by Washington will only further aggravate the situation in bilateral relations and the atmosphere on the international arena," the statement reads.

During the conversation, Lavrov warned against any foreign interference into Venezuela’s domestic affairs.

"While discussing the pressing issues of the international politics, Sergei Lavrov warned against any kind of interference into the internal affairs of Venezuela, including the use of force, a threat made by Washington in breach of the international law," the statement reads. "Readiness was expressed to hold consultations on the Venezuelan issue in line with principles enshrined in the UN Charter."

The top diplomats of the two states have also addressed the situation in Syria and agreed that further bilateral dialogue was necessary for implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2254 on Syrian reconciliation.

"[The sides] also exchanged opinions about the latest contacts between officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the US Department of State on the Korean Peninsula situation and on promoting the Afghan settlement," the ministry said.

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