Press Release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s Telephone Conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

August 16, 2020

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

On August 16, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked on the phone with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the American side initiating the conversation.

The heads of the foreign affairs agencies exchanged views on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to convene a meeting of heads of state of UN Security Council permanent members with the participation of heads of Germany and Iran to coordinate reliable mechanisms in the Persian Gulf region for ensuring security while taking into account all stakeholders’ concerns, given that debates around the Iranian issue have become increasingly strained.

The Russian side reaffirmed its unwavering support for UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which provides the international legal framework for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian Nuclear Programme (JCPOA). Its approval in 2015 was a major political and diplomatic achievement that helped strengthen nuclear non-proliferation and regional security in the Middle East region, Sergey Lavrov stressed.

The schedule of bilateral contacts for the near future was also discussed.