Lavrov will hold talks with Kerry in Moscow

Lavrov will hold talks with Kerry in Moscow

MOSCOW, December 15. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry.

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The current Ministerial meeting, the 20th this year, and on the phone they talked 36 times, the last conversation took place the day before on December 14. The parties reaffirmed the need for convening a new conference of the International group’s support of Syria (MGPS) the harmonization of the lists of the opposition and terrorists (who are excluded from the political process). The Ministers also stressed the importance of “respect for the principle of consensus in MGPS and participation in meetings of all its members”.

The visit of Kerry to Russia – the third, in may 2015 he arrived in Sochi, and before that – two years ago, visited Moscow. Always the Secretary of state met the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, so it will be on this trip.

Preparatory work

Moscow hopes that the forthcoming meeting will contribute to the normalization of relations between Russia and the United States. “The situation in Russian-American relations remains difficult. A series of confrontational steps taken by Washington under the pretext of the Ukrainian crisis, affected the cooperation between our countries”, – said the Russian depodesta.

The focus of the parties will pay Syria, primarily in the above-mentioned work in the support Group. Still, the intrigue, will on December 18-19 in new York the next meeting in this format. In Moscow in the conference for the conference do not see practical sense. “Homework” – and the final formation of the lists of the opposition and terrorist groups should be performed. Sergei Lavrov, speaking yesterday at the Foundation of public diplomacy behalf Gorchakov, noted the positive dynamics in the Syrian settlement, but urged his colleagues to work.

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“In the Syrian settlement was possible for one negotiating table to collect all the external players that have a real impact on the situation in the country, he said. – Now that this group (of support for Syria – approx.) formed and it set out its priorities, which, in the opinion of outside players, should lead us forward in resolving this crisis, it is very important to achieve practical results”.

“These priorities very, very clear: an uncompromising fight against terrorism, especially with the “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN – Nusra” (terrorist group forbidden in the Russian Federation – ed.) and the like, and simultaneously advancing the political process with the participation of all Syrian political forces to ensure their interests,” Lavrov said.

Conference of the Syrian opposition, Riyadh has collected far not all representatives of opponents of the regime in Damascus, and in addition, the forum was attended by groups such as “Jaish al-Islam and Ahrar al-sham”. “Jaish al-Islam” actually involved in the attack on the Russian Embassy in Damascus.

Moscow made it clear that repaint extremists by “moderate opposition” will not allow.


“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).

Isolation did not work again

In anticipation of the visit of Secretary of state in the White house again put a broken record about “isolation” of Russia. The foreign Ministry has called such statements are ridiculous, especially Recalling that trip Kerry is on “the urgent request of the American side”.

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Moscow expects serious and business-like conversation.

“In Washington as many can convince themselves to “efficiency” of sanctions against us, – declared in the Ministry. – When defining areas for joint U.S.-we, as before, guided solely by their own interests, including the challenge of strengthening its international security”.

This “fully applies to the Syrian issue, on which Washington seeks support for American approaches, not always stacked with international law”. “During tomorrow’s talks in Moscow hope to gain from the Secretary of state the necessary explanations, – it is noted in the commentary. – In turn we will continue to insist on the U.S. administration’s revision to the policy, based on the desire to divide terrorists into “bad” and “good”.

A complicated relationship

The number of existing between the two countries problems, the Russian foreign Ministry called the sanctions against Russian citizens and businesses, freezing the activities of the bilateral presidential Commission, the application of the principle of extraterritoriality of U.S. law against the Russians, the problem of monitoring the fate of Russian children adopted by Americans.

At the same time, in depodesta stated willingness to continue co-operation with Washington, where it suits Russian interests, for example, the signing of the Treaty on the limitation of strategic offensive arms in 2010.

In recent years Moscow and Washington have accumulated mutual claims and a number of other issues – the implementation of the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range, the role of countries in the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

However, about a new “cold war”.

The end of 2015 was marked by a breakthrough in the Syrian settlement as a result of two meetings of the International support group of Syria in Vienna. The co-chairs of the group working under the auspices of the UN, made Russia and the USA. It is Lavrov and Kerry, along with special envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Libya Staffan de Mistura both times summarized the meeting and announced the adopted communiqué. The Russian delegation supported the decision of the conference on settlement in Libya on 13 December, held at the initiative of the USA and Italy.

However, disagreements on a number of issues remain. So, commenting on the recent visit to Ukraine Vice President Joseph Biden, Lavrov said that the sharp statement of the American policy, addressing the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada, suggests that Washington seeks to maintain tensions in Ukraine, and through it to influence Russia.


Of course, the Ministers will discuss Ukraine. The head of the Russian foreign Ministry again stressed the need for consistent implementation of the Minsk agreements, it is consistent and not selective.