By: Nadeemy Haded

WASHINGTON - The first deputy minister and candidate for ambassador to Moscow, John Sullivan, told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on two key conditions for improving relations between the two countries, the State Department said on Wednesday.

During a meeting with Lavrov, Sullivan stressed that "the improvement of bilateral relations is subject to Moscow's implementation of the terms of the Minsk agreement and to abandon attempts to undermine democratic processes in the United States."

The statement added that during their meeting held in the Japanese city of Nagoya on the sidelines of the meeting of foreign ministers of the "twenty" countries recently, Sullivan and Lavrov discussed the files of Syria and North Korea, and ways of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and issues of strategic stability.

The US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed Sullivan's nomination for ambassador to Russia, and is now awaiting Senate approval, before President Donald Trump signs his decree.

Moscow has previously expressed no objection to the appointment of Sullivan as its ambassador.

Source: Agencies

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