The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova joked in response to a question of National news service (NSN) about whether to pay Moscow for the meeting of the Minister of foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov with the President of the United States Donald trump.
“I think that’s a great question for the warm-up games,” — said Zakharov.
Journalists turned to the diplomat in connection with the statement of Verkhovna Rada Deputy Andriy Artemenko. He claimed that the head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry Klimkin six minutes talked with trump and Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence, Kiev has paid 400 thousand dollars American lobbying firm.
The legislator, who in April was deprived of citizenship of Ukraine, drew attention to the fact that the talks were not planned (“Ribbon.ru” checked: official information about them has appeared only after the fact). According to the MP, the initiator of the meeting was the White house that agreed to it for the sake of balance given consisting of full-time conversation of the American leader with Lavrov.
The head of the Ukrainian diplomacy said that Kiev did not pay for arranging his meeting with trump and not resorted to the help of lobbyists.
11 may following the visit, Klimkin the correspondent of “UKRINFORM” in Washington stated that the negotiations were indeed unexpected. According to sources, the journalist writes, these contacts did not appear in the schedule of the Minister. “Given the complex bureaucracy in Washington government offices, we can only guess, as the Minister Klimkin and President of the trump at all possible. This format is a very rare phenomenon in American politics,” says the author.