Sergey Lavrov said John Kerry that the Ukraine Freedom Support Act, signed by President Barack Obama would undermine further cooperation between the U.S. and Russia, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Lavrov said that the relationship would be undermined due to new sanctions against Russia prescribed in the law. That is why normal relationship between Moscow and Washington can be destroyed.
"They discussed the problems of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the situation in Ukraine. Sergey Lavrov also said that the Ukraine Freedom Support Act signed by the U.S. president which threatens new sanctions against Russia is able to permanently undermine normal interaction between our countries," the report of the Russian Foreign Ministry says.
Also on December 18 the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov held a telephone conversation with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The telephone conversation between the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine, held in "Normandy" format on December 16 was continued by an intensive exchange of views on the current situation in Ukraine and the ways to resolve the conflict in this country.
In this context, there was emphasized the need for holding the next meeting of the Contact Group and establishing an inclusive Ukrainian Domestic dialogue. The priorities included the humanitarian needs of civilians in the conflict region.
It is to be recalled on Thursday Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act 2014. The Act is aimed to "impose sanctions on Russia and provide Ukraine with additional aid."