Secretary Tillerson: Remarks Following Meeting With Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
World Conference Center
Bonn, Germany
February 16, 2017

SECRETARY TILLERSON: So I want to make a very brief statement. Foreign Minister Lavrov and I had a productive meeting and we discussed a range of issues of mutual concern.

As I made clear in my Senate confirmation hearing, the United States will consider working with Russia where we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people.

Where we do not see eye to eye, the United States will stand up for the interests and values of America and her allies. As we search for new common ground, we expect Russia to honor its commitment to the Minsk agreements and work to de-escalate the violence in the Ukraine.

Thank you very much.