US President Donald Trump invited his Russian counterpart, Mr Vladimir Putin, to the United States during a phone call, and said he would be glad to see Mr Putin in the White House, RIA Novosti reported on Friday (April 20), citing the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Lavrov was also quoted as saying that, prior to the USA strikes on Syrian targets, Russian Federation had told US officials which areas of Syria represented "red lines" for Moscow, and the USA military action did not cross those lines.
"What Mr. Mitchell has said about Ankara risking being subject to sanctions if it goes ahead with the S-400 purchase from Russian Federation is a typical example of attempted blackmail with the intention of giving American companies an unfair advantage in market competition", Lavrov said at a Friday press conference following talks with Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl.
"He returned to this topic a couple of times, so we let our American colleagues know that we do not want to impose, but we also do not want to be impolite, and that considering that President Trump made this proposal, we proceed from the position that he will make it concrete".
Moscow's chief diplomat added that such a summit was not now being discussed but the Kremlin hopes that a meeting at the White House would materialise.More news: Rod Rosenstein tells Trump he's not target of Michael Cohen investigation
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"President Putin is ready for such a meeting", Lavrov told RIA.
After the US-led strikes, Russian Federation no longer has any moral barriers on S-300 missile system deliveries to Syria, Lavrov said. "And we hear all that".
"We are ready to be responsible for the statistics that our military provided", Lavrov said in an interview with Russia Today.
Lavrov also said that earlier, Russian Federation had decided not to supply its modern S-300 air defense system to Syria following the request of Western countries, which said the move could destabilize the situation, although the system is purely defensive.