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Top American, Russian diplomats hold first in-person meeting


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held their first in-person talks Wednesday.


Lavrov and Blinken, who are in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, for the Arctic Council’s foreign ministers’ meeting talked to the media before a closed-door meeting.


Lavrov said developing relations in line with a telephone call made by Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden will be discussed.


Underlining that he hopes to establish a productive dialogue with Blinken, Lavrov noted that the US and Russia should cooperate on issues where their interests overlap and can achieve positive results.


"The general condition of the world significantly depends on the state of relations between Moscow and Washington," said Lavrov.

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