Published: Thu, August 16, 2018

Lavrov: Putin and Trump may meet to improve relations

Lavrov: Putin and Trump may meet to improve relations

"We never stepped away from contacts, including with representatives of the countries who conduct an openly unfriendly policy toward us", Lavrov said, according to state news agency Itar-Tass. The measures come in response to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom - which Western nations blamed on Russian Federation without providing any evidence.

He also said that Russia's new strategic weapon systems unveiled by President Vladimir Putin in March do not violate related global agreements, including the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) signed between Russian Federation and the United States in 2010.

On Friday, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russian Federation would regard any US move to curb the activities of its banks as a "declaration of economic war" and would take retaliatory action.

He said: "We have lowered to the minimum level and will further decrease our investment in the USA economy, in the United States securities".

USA officials have not been able to provide the public with details about what the two discussed in private. "But we are not planning now any limitations such as shutting down McDonalds", Siluanov said.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) watches an air assault exercise with Army Major General Walter Piatt at Fort Drum, New York, on August 13, 2018.

"That would be a step to an impasse".

The ruble is tanking to a two-year low as the USA prepares yet another round of sanctions on Russian Federation. "In fact, the dollar, which is considered to be the worldwide currency, becomes a risky tool for payments", he said in part of the interview aired on Sunday.

Iran stepped into the bitter spat and announced it too would stand by Turkey, punished by Mr Trump for continuing to trade with the country despite efforts by the US President to halt their nuclear weapon programme.

The US has continued to insist he is innocent.

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