The State Department will not request a meeting between Lavrov and Blinken at the ASEAN summit

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Department Secretary Anthony Blinken on the sidelines of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), East Asia Summit (EAS) and the ASEAN Regional Security Forum (ARF) is not planned. This is reported by TASS with reference to the head of the press service of the State Department, Ned Price.

The summits will be held in early August in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Blinken will be there from the 3rd to the 5th. Lavrov will also be in Phnom Penh on August 4-5.

“We have no plans to hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Lavrov when they will be in Cambodia»,— Price said, answering a question about the possibility of such contacts between the heads of the diplomatic departments of the two countries.

The day before, the first telephone conversation between Blinken and Lavrov took place. The main topic of the negotiations was the possible exchange of the Russian businessman Viktor Bout, convicted in the United States, for the Americans Paul Whelan, who is serving a 16-year sentence in Russia on a case of espionage, and basketball player Brittney Griner, accused of drug smuggling.

Also The parties discussed the situation in Ukraine and the special military operation that Russia has been conducting there since February 24. “The attention of the Secretary of State was drawn to the fact that the continued pumping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the national battalions with American and NATO weapons, which are used on a large scale against the civilian population, only prolongs the agony of the regime in Kyiv, prolonging the conflict and multiplying the victims,” — The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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