WASHINGTON (Itar-Tass)—President Barack Obama and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution efforts, among other issues, during a meeting Wednesday.
Obama expressed gratitude to the Russian foreign minister for his efforts toward the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict and “underscored the U.S. commitment to achieve a framework agreement,” the statement said.
Lavrov and Obama discussed the situation in Sudan and in South Sudan, the nuclear problem of Iran, the role of the international community in preventing new violence in Syria and Yemen, and next steps on Middle East Peace in the wake of the Quartet meetings earlier in the week.
As for bilateral relations, Obama and Lavrov discussed possibilities for cooperation on missile defense in Europe, Russia’s WTO entry, democracy and human rights in Russia.
The U.S. president “reaffirmed his strong support for Russia’s efforts to complete its WTO accession process this year, and discussed the necessity of granting Russia Permanent Normalized Trade Relations,” the statement emphasized.