Russia Ready to Be Mediator between US, North Korea

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In response, North Korea strongly condemned the maneuvers.

In a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov said that the regional tensions with the aggressive policy of the United States against North Korea must halt, as well as the increased presence of war exercises.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that Russia is not looking to establish additional overseas military bases for the Russian armed forces, despite rumors to the contrary in Vietnam and Cuba.

During their call, the two diplomats also reportedly discussed possible paths forward regarding the conflict in Syria and the situation in Ukraine.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he is "united in opinion" with his USA counterpart Rex Tillerson on the issue of North Korea but that they differ on how to resolve the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

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The offer comes amid escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang with both countries intensifying their rhetoric this year.

Lavrov pointed out contacts between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have recently become quite intense, covering a wide range of bilateral and worldwide topics.

Lavrov disagreed with US threats of military intervention and further sanctions against North Korea, instead pushing for USA diplomacy to seek a more peaceful approach to negotiations, the statement said.

Russian Federation and China on Monday sought for a peaceful resolution to the tensions surrounding North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile activity.

Despite a series of sanctions imposed against North Korea for its weapons program, the country has continued to pursue its nuclear and missile programs.

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