Press release on telephone conversation between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault
On April 19, at France’s initiative, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault.
While discussing the situation in Syria, Mr Lavrov said once again that Russia considers the incident involving the use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4 an open act of provocation that sought to undermine the ceasefire and disrupt the political process in Syria. Russia is also deeply concerned over the US’ hurried and aggressive response by launching airstrikes against the territory of a sovereign UN member state. Russia has always called for respect for international law, which includes refraining from intervention in the affairs of sovereign states, and demands a genuinely objective and independent investigation into the incident in Khan Sheikhoun.