Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to work closely together on the preparation of the summit of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council. This was announced by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday, April 17.
At the World Holocaust Memorial Forum in Israel on January 23, Russian leader Vladimir Putin urged the “nuclear five” to meet and seek collective responses to current challenges and threats. According to the head of state, these countries have a special responsibility for the preservation of civilization, so they must do everything to protect and defend the world. The Kremlin notes that the idea was also supported by France and China.
On March 3, it became known that U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed his agreement to the summit with the leaders of Russia, China, France and Britain, who also assured that they would attend the meeting. It was noted that the U.S. leader plans to hold a meeting with the permanent members of the UN Security Council in order to make progress on a trilateral arms control agreement with Russia and China.
However, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed that the agenda of the summit of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council should be broader than that of the United States. He stressed that the parties would try to form an agenda that would allow the leaders of the five countries to have an in-depth conversation on the most pressing issues.