Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after meeting with Donald Trump in Washington said that the US president expressed his desire for mutually beneficial business and pragmatic relations with Moscow.
He said that at a meeting with Trump, they did not discuss sanctions imposed by the US against Russia because of the events in Ukraine, but added that the sides will continue consultations on the situation in Afghanistan and in the east of Ukraine.
"Our dialogue free from ideologized, which was characteristic of the Obama administration's Trump administration and the president himself, and Secretary of State, I am today once again convinced -. Business people and they want to negotiate not in order to show someone what -That their achievements in the sphere of ideological preferences, and negotiate to resolve specific issues, "- Lavrov said.
Trump and Lavrov meeting took place on Wednesday in the Oval Office of the White House without journalists.
This is the first high-level talks between Trump and the representative of the Russian government since the inauguration of the new US president in January 20. A month ago, Vladimir Putin received in the Kremlin, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Following the meeting in Washington, Lavrov said on the conclusion of an agreement on the meeting of Donald Trump with Vladimir Putin: According to the minister, the meeting will be held in early July in Germany on the sidelines of the summit, "Big Twenty."
President Donald Trump has called a meeting with Sergeem Lavrovym, "very, very good." "We are going to stop the killing in Syria," - said Trump.
Later, the White House said that during the discussion with Lavrov the situation in Syria Trump urged Moscow to "rein in Assad's regime and Iran."
Before his visit to the White House, the Russian minister met with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. State Department after the talks said that Tillerson said maintaining sanctions against Russia.
Tillerson at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergeem Lavrovym said maintaining sanctions against the Russian Federation, said State Department spokesman Heather Nauert.
"For Ukraine, the Secretary of State Tillerson stressed the need to progress to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements Sanctions against Russia will remain in force as long as Moscow does not change the actions that led to this." - said in a comment the official representative of the State Department Heather Nauert after the meeting.
According to her, Tillerson and Lavrov also discussed the humanitarian situation and a political settlement in Syria and "agreed to continue discussions to resolve bilateral issues."