It is useless for Washington to try to pressure Moscow on the world arena; instead, it should take into account the other side’s interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told US Secretary of State John Kerry as the two officials met in Rome.
“When discussing bilateral relations Lavrov stressed that their development is possible only on the basis of equality and mutual interests, while any attempts to pressure Russia have no prospect,” the Russian Foreign Ministry posted in a statement on Facebook.
The top diplomats discussed the situation in southeastern Ukraine, and Lavrov stressed the importance of adhering to the Minsk agreements.
"In the context of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, the consistent implementation of the Minsk agreements is paramount, as well as the convening of a contact group for this purpose as early as possible,” Lavrov said.
Other topics discussed included the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the situation in Syria, and Iran's nuclear program.
The leaders talked about “international issues, including the need to give a new push to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the resolution of the Syrian conflict, and the development of a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear program,” the statement said.