Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry

December 8, 2016

On December 7, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

The officials discussed ways to settle the conflict in Syria, focusing on the military and humanitarian situation in eastern Aleppo. The ministers agreed on the need to resume the UN-led intra-Syrian talks as soon as possible. Sergey Lavrov pointed out that the resolute struggle against terrorist groups is the key precondition for a settlement.

They also discussed bilateral issues. Sergey Lavrov expressed concern over the unfriendly steps taken by the Obama administration in an attempt to undermine the remaining foundations for normal Russian-US relations.