A State Department spokesman said Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was eager to discuss the integrity of bilateral relations with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and to explore areas of potential cooperation at their summit in Iceland in the next few days.
“The purpose of this negotiation is to discuss the integrity of the relationship and to examine the possibility of cooperation at a time and place where our interests align,” State Department spokesman Ned Price was quoted as saying by News i.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Nordic Council of Ministers on May 19-20 in the Icelandic capital, Rikjavik. Russia’s foreign ministry said earlier in a telephone conversation between Lavrov and Blinken that they had agreed to hold a bilateral meeting on May 20.
Price said that the issue of climate as well as issues of strategic stability, Iran and North Korea are among the issues on which Russia and the United States can cooperate.
He added: “So both this meeting and the potential meeting with US President Joe Biden after that are all part of a test of whether we can have a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow.” The focus of the meeting will be a few days after Iceland.
Biden has proposed a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Europe over the summer, and both sides are preparing details of a possible meeting.