Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says the 10 mins talks held with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was “constructive”.
The talks took place on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in New Delhi last week.
In an interview on Russian state tv TASS, Lavrov said the pair spoke for 10 minutes and discussed nuclear arms issues and the conflict in Ukraine.
“We spoke constructively, without emotions, we shook hands,” Lavrov said.
“Everything I heard was a position that has already been expressed and underlined in public many times before. I gave my honest, detailed assessment about the New START treaty, and why we saw it necessary to suspend it,” he said.
But earlier he referred the meeting was brief and did not discussed any serious issues.
This is the first time both officials met since the Kremlin launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year.
According to a state department official Blinken told Lavrov that Washington would support Ukraine for as long as it took and that Russia should reverse its decision to suspend participation in New Start, the last remaining nuclear arms control treaty between the two powers.
India, which holds this year’s G20 presidency, released a “chair’s summary and outcome document stating there were differences on the Ukraine issue which India could not reconcile between various parties.
“We found that positions were very far apart. We tried very hard, we were not the only country who tried . . . But we were not able to bridge the gap.” Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said after the meeting.
India has remained neutral over the war while calling for a peaceful resolution.
The host nation has also sought to focus on issues it said were of greater concern to many developing nations, such as food and energy security, climate change and debt distress.