A Russian Foreign Ministry statement said that Moscow “emphasised the need for de-escalation of tensions, and that there is no alternative to resolve differences between Pakistan and India except bilaterally through political and diplomatic means.”
Both Pompeo and Lavrov smiled and appeared to be at ease when they greeted each other in the Black Sea city of Sochi, with the secretary of state telling his Russian counterpart ``Great to see you again!"
"We have a very full agenda in our bilateral relations. Economic ties are growing, and a mechanism is being developed to further liberalise trade both bilaterally and as part of India's cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union," said Sergei Lavrov.
Vladimir Putin warned earlier Tuesday of a global catastrophe unless a diplomatic solution is reached over North Korea and rejected US calls for more sanctions as "useless", widening a split among major powers over how to rein in Pyongyang.
Moscow's response to the sanctions was to announce it would force the US to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by 755 people. That move stoked confusion in Washington, given that the US is believed to have far fewer than 755 American employees in Russia.
Tillerson said Russia had also expressed some willingness to resume talks about the crisis in Ukraine, where a 2015 ceasefire between Kiev's forces and Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country is regularly violated.
"We are interested in this crisis being overcome, taking into account mutual concerns and finding solutions which will be acceptable for all participants of this process," Lavrov told Kurdish television channel Rudaw.
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrived for a meeting in the Russian room in the United Nations Office at Geneva on the sidelines of the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Tuesday. Sergei Lavrov and Ban Ki-moon are meeting to discuss the situation […]