“The State Department does not deny that the conversation took place,” Lavrov said adding that they said “I was not quite authentic in retelling the contents of a private conversation.”
“I do not think I have violated any ethical norms,” he said. “The conversation was as follows, word-for-word. When I asked John Kerry why the US president in his statement at the UN General Assembly named, as he put it, ‘the Russian aggression in Europe’ a second threat to international peace and security and only then he mentioned terrorist organizations of the Middle East and North Africa, he /Kerry - TASS/ replied that yes, it was said but we should get on with concrete aspects of our co-operation on Iran and on the Korean peninsula nuclear problem.”
“So I do not think I have distorted anything or made any statements that could arouse suspicions of Kerry’s disloyalty to /US President Barack - TASS/ Obama,” he said.