The Foreign Ministry responded to the US request for a conversation with Lavrov with words about “real things”
Maria Zakharova: Lavrov will pay attention to Blinken's request when time permits Lavrov has a “busy schedule” and will pay attention to the US request for talks when there is time, the Foreign Ministry said. Blinken the day before announced plans to call the minister and discuss the release of the Americans /webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/1/30/756590392537301.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will pay attention to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken's request for a telephone conversation when he has time, department spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, TASS reports.
“Sergey Lavrov will pay attention to this request when he allows time. Now he has a busy schedule of international contacts: SCO Ministerial Council in Tashkent, bilateral meetings»,— she said.
Earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Washington sent a request for a conversation to the Russian side, Moscow received it.
Blinken announced plans to hold the first telephone conversation with Lavrov since the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine. He also said that he intends to raise the topic of the release of an employee of an American company— BorgWarner auto parts maker Paul Whelan, who was convicted in Russia of espionage, and basketball player Brittney Griner, who was detained in February and charged with drug smuggling.
The Secretary indicated that he also intended to discuss the grain deal, but stressed that it was not there will be a “talk about Ukraine”.
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Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is not yet entered into no agreements with the United States on the exchange of prisoners. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that no results have been achieved on this issue yet.
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