US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Photo/NPR
“(Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov will heed this request when time permits,” Zakharova was quoted as saying. Russia TodayFriday (29/7/2022).
Zakharova said that the Russian Foreign Minister currently has a busy schedule with international contacts, including the Shanghai Cooperation Organization ministerial meeting and several bilateral meetings.
Earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told a news conference it was seeking talks between Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
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“That request has been made to Russia directly and repeatedly,” Price said.
“The US expects the two top diplomats to have the opportunity to speak in the coming days,” he added.
However, a US State Department spokesman acknowledged he had no information on when the conversation would take place, adding that the two sides were continuing to discuss the matter on appropriate channels.
The US plans to use the talks to follow up on a “substantial proposal” for the release of two Americans currently detained in Russia: basketball player Brittney Griner, who was arrested on drug smuggling charges, and Paul Whelan, who has been jailed on suspicion of espionage.
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