U.S. President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as Russian President Vladimir Putin stands nearby during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017 Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Krem
MOSCOW, Dec 11 (MENA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he discussed with US President Donald Trump the necessity of taking measures to prevent an escalation of the crisis in the Arab Gulf, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
He made the remarks in a press conference at the Russian embassy in Washington following a meeting with Trump.
"We talked today about the fact that it's necessary to take some steps to prevent the crisis in the [Arabian] Gulf from aggravating and to take some steps in relations with the problems that have arisen because of the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] on the settlement of the Iranian nuclear program," Lavrov told journalists in Washington.
As for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), he reiterated that Russia was ready both to extend the New START and to work with the US on any possible ways to upgrade the framework.
"We have offered Washington to consider any options to extend the agreement," Lavrov told journalists after the meeting with Trump.