Time: 11:31 PM
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said
Friday he told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Russia categorically
rejects the new US sanctions whatever "the pretexts" might be.
During their phone conversation, Lavrov told Pompeo that neither the United
States nor the United Kingdom nor did any other country provide any evidence
to alleged Russian involvement in the nerve agent attack in London last April.
He was referring to the poisoning of the Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and
his daughter Yulia with a Novichok nerve agent in Salisbury, England.
Lavrov and Pompeo discussed a range of international issues, including the
situation in Syria and the outcomes of the Russian-US summit in Helsinki last
month, according to a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who chaired a meeting of the Security
Council of Russia earlier today, protested that the US political and economic
sanctions run counter to the international law.