May 6, 2020 / 3:19 PM / a month ago

U.S.'s Pompeo, Russia's Lavrov discussed arms control issues - U.S. State Dept

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shake hands at the conclusion of a joint news conference at the State Department in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the next steps on arms control issues in a call with his Russian counterpart on Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said in a statement but gave no other details.

In a call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov last month, Pompeo had said any future arms control talks needed to include China. The two on Wednesday also discussed global response efforts to the novel coronavirus, the department said.

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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