US naval flag demonstration in Black Sea does not add to stability, says Lavrov

Russia’s top diplomat thus commented on a decision by the US Sixth Fleet to send its flagship, command and control ship USS Mount Whitney to the Black Sea for joint operations with NATO countries.

The Americans are actively trying to push Black Sea littoral countries that are NATO members towards pursuing such quite confrontational policy, “talk about creating new naval bases on the Black Sea coast of Romania or Bulgaria,” Lavrov said.

“I don’t think that this will meet the interests of good neighborly relations in the Black Sea region,” Russia’s top diplomat stressed.

Lavrov says his meeting with Biden was useful

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday his meeting with US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the Group of Twenty summit in Rome was quite useful and that the US leader wants further contacts.

“I had a brief but useful conversation with President Biden, who conveyed best greetings to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and stressed his commitment to further contacts. And we also briefly discussed how to build these contacts in the foreseeable future. I have reported it to the president and I think it will be useful for drafting our further schedules,” he said in an interview with the Moscow.Kremlin.Putin program on the Rossiya-1 television channel.