Russian Foreign Ministry Slams “Imprecise Interpretation” Of Washington-Moscow Contacts By United States

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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s answer to a media question regarding comments by the US State Department Spokesperson on the outcome of a telephone conversation between the Russian Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State on August 23, 2018 (source):

Question: Would you please comment on the statement by US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, who said that during the telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Russia had been asked to support the OPCW’s efforts to bring the Syrian authorities to account for using chemical weapons?

Maria Zakharova: I have to bring your attention yet again to an imprecise interpretation by the US party of the content of contacts between high-ranking Russian and US officials. Heather Nauert’s statements do not correspond to reality as Michael Pompeo did not make a request like this. We consider this distorted account of the content of the conversation between the Russian Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State as Washington’s attempt to use the bilateral dialogue on the Syria conflict to promote its own political agenda in respect of both Syria and – in its broader context – at the OPCW.

In connection with the above, we would like to remind you again of Russia’s position regarding the decision to authorise the OPCW to establish if a party is guilty of using chemical weapons that was pushed through by the United States and its allies at this organisation.

Russia supports the activities of this important international organisation, however, they should be strictly consistent with the objectives set forth in the CWC, which provide for technical assistance to national programmes to destroy chemical weapons. The convention does not have any provisions regarding the possibility of creating a special attributive mechanism for establishing if a party is guilty of using chemical weapons. We believe these actions tend to erode the spirit of consensus, which is critically important to the OPCW and put global policy of chemical weapons disarmament and the non-proliferation of chemical weapons in jeopardy.

We hope that in the future the American party will be more scrupulous when commenting on the outcome of contacts between the Russian Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State.

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  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    Zakharova and Nauert would make for a great tennis match.

    • Jim Bim

      Nauert is no match for Zakharova…..Nauert is in the WTA top 100…and Zakharova is in the top 10. Nauert is like a Junior highschool girl compared to Zakharova with a Master.

  • batavian

    IOW Heather, you have created fake news!

  • russ

    Russia gets Maria Z and we get Nikki Haley, that doesn’t seem fair

    • Marko

      Haley may be a Russian plant , sent in to drive Americans insane.

      If so , it was a brilliant move. It’s working spectacularly.

      • TiredOfBsToo

        “..sent in to drive Americans insane.”

        Nahhhhh, not needed. A sizable portion of the population was already nuts. One only needs to look at the last 2 years of MSM in the US and the brain-dead who swallow everything they’re told there. In fact, they’re so far gone that they can’t even comprehend the differences between boys and girls, having convinced themselves that biological differences are optional. Yes sir, insanity is the current rage!!!

      • Pave Way IV

        Nikki Haley is part of the U.S. Bolshevik Deep State. Waffle House Nikki is actually her Homeland Stazi code name.

      • Ross

        Anyone who daily
        Looks at Nikki Haley
        Will very quickly find
        They have lost their mind.

  • Pave Way IV

    “…Heather Nauert’s statements do not correspond to reality…”

    Honestly, Maria could have just stopped right there. Any additional explanation is unnecessary – everyone already understands this.

  • Mountains

    waste of time.. YAWN! seeing allies trying to talk about each other to get media attention. boring