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10 June 201721:53

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

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On June 10, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the initiative of the US side.

The officials exchanged views on the situation in Syria and confirmed mutual resolve to strengthen cooperation to end the conflict there. Sergey Lavrov expressed Russia’s condemnation of the US air strikes delivered on pro-government forces and urged the American partners to take practical measures to prevent a repetition of such incidents. The foreign ministers agreed to use available resources to promote a settlement in Syria, including through the Astana process and the Geneva talks.

Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson agreed to continue their contacts concerning other international issues, such as conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa and the crisis in Ukraine.

They discussed the consequences of some Arab countries’ decision to sever diplomatic relations with Qatar. Mr Lavrov and Mr Tillerson spoke in favour of settling differences through talks and expressed willingness to facilitate any effort towards this end.

They also discussed current topics on the Russian-US agenda, including the schedule of the upcoming bilateral contacts.

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