Published On: Fri, Sep 1st, 2017

Lavrov says US performs ‘individual breakdance’ instead of paired tango

Lavrov and Tillerson shake hands before a meeting

The US prefers “individual breakdance,” but “it takes two to tango,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking of US-Russian relations. The minister stressed that Moscow is open to cooperation and does not seek confrontation. Diplomatic ties between Moscow and Washington received yet another “dancing” expression, as Lavrov spoke at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations on Friday, as Russia celebrates Knowledge Day – the beginning of the school year. “As you know, it takes two to tango, but it seems to me that our [US] partners keep performing individual breakdance,” the minister said.

Lavrov reiterated Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stance on relations with America, saying that Russia “does not seek any quarrel,” but has been always “friendly to the American people, and is open to constructive cooperation where it meets Russian interests.” He added that Moscow wants to normalize the bilateral political atmosphere.

“Generally, we will continue to promote a positive agenda, mutually respectful approaches, we will seek and find compromises,” Lavrov told the students.

According to Lavrov, Moscow will not leave the decision to close the Russian Consulate unaddressed.

“We received a detailed [diplomatic] note just last night, we are dealing with it and we will respond as soon as we finish this analysis,” the foreign minister said.

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