Secretary of State John F. Kerry might be wishing he had one of those old red hotline phones to Moscow after it took six days for Russia’s foreign minister to return a call.
Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke for nearly 30 minutes Sunday about the civil war in Syria and North Korea’s recent nuclear test, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. The two agreed to look for a date in the next several weeks for their first meeting since Kerry took over as the top U.S. diplomat, Nuland added.
Kerry had called Lavrov on Feb. 11, hours after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions approved by Russia, the United States and other nations. Lavrov, who was traveling in Africa, didn’t call back that day, nor the next, nor for several more days in which State Department reporters had fun ribbing Nuland about the snub.