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

December 8, 2016

In the morning of December 8, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Hamburg, as a follow-up to the contacts that had taken place the day before. In the evening of the same day, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry spoke on the phone.
The officials continued discussing the Syrian crisis settlement, including ways to normalise the situation in the eastern quarters of Aleppo. Considering that the United States has declared its readiness to facilitate the withdrawal of militants from the city, Mr Lavrov and Mr Kerry agreed to consider the practical details of this process shortly at the expert level.