Blinken, Lavrov Seek Cooperation Despite' Serious Differences' At First Meeting

Blinken, Lavrov Seek Cooperation Despite' Serious Differences' At First Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both stressed their two countries have differences but should work together on some issues.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • The meeting marked the first high-level, in-person talks between the Biden administration and a Russian counterpart, ahead of a possible presidential summit in June to improve the dire relations between the former Cold War foes.
  • Lavrov said Russia and the United States have "serious differences" but have to cooperate "in spheres where our interests collide."
  • Blinken said Biden wanted "a predictable, stable relationship with Russia" and said the two countries could tackle the coronavirus pandemic, combating climate change, dealing with Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, and the conflict in Afghanistan.

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