Lavrov plans to meet with U.S. secretary of state soon
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said an agreement has been reached on talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry within a few weeks.
"I know a tour of the Middle East is one of his nearest priorities. This is easy to understand. An agreement has been reached to hold talks within weeks. We will negotiate the venue and date additionally," Lavrov said on the "Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov" program on Rossiya-1 television on Sunday.
Lavrov said he does not expect the United States' foreign-policy course to change radically.
"The course remains unchanged and the strategy does not depend on any persons. Persons may create a certain context, but the strategy to maintain the United States' role as the dominant world power will remain unchanged," he said.
However, Washington finds it increasingly difficult to pursue it and the U.S. increasingly finds itself in a situation where it has to look for partners in coalitions, Lavrov said.
"Coalitions by interests. One-time coalitions, like the ones in Afghanistan, or Iraq. Coalitions based on the structures like the G8 which is developing various dialogue mechanisms with Africa, or other countries. Or it may be something else," he said.
Lavrov added that he met in Munich with U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden.
"For all our disagreements, Joseph Biden told me, which involve the missile defense, the Magnitsky Law and everything that goes with them, plus many other moments, we have very many similar interests," Lavrov said.
Moscow and Washington, said Biden, are the only capital cities where all parties in all conflicts go, Lavrov said. This is so not because Brussels, Beijing, Tokyo or Delhi are of smaller significance in the world arena. This is so because Russia and the United States are seen as countries that will forge a solution once they come to terms," the Russian foreign minister said.