Russia, US top diplomats discuss ways to improve bilateral ties

(VOVWORLD) -Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have discussed ways to develop Russia-US relations towards normalization of ties "on an equal and mutually beneficial basis".

During a telephone conversation on Saturday, Russia’s foreign minister told his US counterpart that the arrest of a woman named Maria Butina on accusation of spying is unacceptable and is based on “fabricated charges”. He called for her release.

The two diplomats also discussed joint effort to address humanitarian problems in Syria as well as to promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.