US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russsian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, held their first meeting during a G20 summit in Germany on February 16.
Lavrov said his first meeting with Tillerson was productive.
“On all those issues, our American colleagues said they’re interested in joining the efforts that are made to overcome those conflicts,” Lavrov told journalists, adding that the sides “confirmed mutual interest, coinciding interests, first of all regarding the outright battle against terrorism and the political settlement in Syria,” as well as cooperation on other nations in the region “where terrorism took root.”
The Russian foreign minister added that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is ready to support Syrian peace talks in Astana.
Tillerson and Lavrov also discussed the situation in Ukraine.
“As we search for new common ground we expect Russia to honor its commitment to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate violence in Ukraine,” the US Secretary of State said after the meeting.
The sides didn’t discuss anti-Russian santions imposed by the Obama administration.