Russia: Relations with U.S. poor over 'Russo-phobic hysteria'

Kristopher Drake
September 24, 2017

The Russian foreign minister's comments follow the most recent escalatory back and forth between the USA and North Korea.

China has always supported Somalia in preserving its national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and supports peace and reconstruction in the country, he said.

Lavrov blamed Obama for the collapse in relations between Moscow and Washington.

In comments that suggested the United States could withdraw from the deal unless changes are made, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on September 20 that the administration of President Donald Trump is particularly concerned about the deal's "sunset" clauses. "However, no fact has been presented", Lavrov said, adding that there was also no presented evidence of the alleged Russian meddling in the elections in France and Germany. "After all, it has to be understood that there is a need for a pause and for some contacts", he added.

The nuclear accord, signed by Russian Federation, the United States, Germany, China, Iran, and Britain, was originally negotiated during former U.S. President Barack Obama's second term in office.

He was asked about Trump's combative speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday in which the American president threatened "to totally destroy North Korea" if the forced to defend itself or its allies and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un responded calling Trump "deranged" and saying he will "pay dearly" for his threats.

Instead, Lavrov suggested that countries reconsider a joint Russian-Chinese proposal, which would require North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile testing activities and for the US and South Korea to halt joint military exercises, in what is known as the "dual suspension" plan.

If the Iran nuclear deal falls apart, he said, "then North Korea would say, 'why do I need to negotiate with you if you do not carry out your promises?'"

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