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18 June 2021, 13:11

Lavrov: Return of ambassadors is an important, but symbolic gesture

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MOSCOW, 18 June (BelTA) - The decision to return the ambassadors of Russia and the United States to their posts made by Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden is an important but symbolic gesture, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media, BelTA has learned.

"The return of ambassadors is, first of all, a symbolic gesture. Important, but symbolic. Yet it is a meaningful step, because the presence of ambassadors rather than their deputies in the capitals always allows for a little more active dialogue as they have authority from their presidents," Sergey Lavrov said.

The return of ambassadors will create the conditions to "start addressing the problems that have piled up due to the Americans." “Upset by the results of the election President Obama seized six properties in 2016 and we are still denied access to them in violation of all diplomatic conventions and America laws. Then there were several expulsions of our diplomatic staff. We, of course, retaliated in kind,” the Russian top diplomat said.

Sergey Lavrov believes that all problems can be resolved, but only if the parties work out synchronous steps.

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