Moscow has canceled the visit of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Germany, which was scheduled for September 15, the Foreign Ministry said.
Lavrov with his German colleague Heiko Maas was to take part in the closing ceremony of the cross Year of Scientific and Educational Partnerships. Its date was agreed upon a year ago and confirmed on August 11.
However, on September 3, the German side announced changes in the work schedule of Meuse and the cancellation of his participation in the ceremony. Berlin devoted an hour and a half to a bilateral meeting of ministers.
“Thus, the initial and main purpose of S. V. Lavrov’s trip to the German capital turned out to be irrelevant, and the proposed format of bilateral negotiations was greatly curtailed,” the department explained.
The Foreign Ministry added that “taking into account the importance and successful completion of the Cross Year, S. V. Lavrov will send his greetings to the participants in the closing ceremony.”
Recently, a number of politicians in Germany have called for the introduction of sanctions against Russia due to the situation around Alexei Navalny. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that these issues should be considered separately.