31 January 201913:15

Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian

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On January 31, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a telephone conversation with Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian at the initiative of the French side.

The ministers discussed in detail developments in and around Syria with an emphasis on prospects for launching the Constitutional Committee. Mr Lavrov informed Mr Le Drian about Russian efforts to stabilise the SAR, including by rendering humanitarian assistance, and underscored Russia’s commitment to promoting the political process based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and resolutions approved by the Syrian National Congress in Sochi.

Mr Le Drian called for establishing contacts between the Astana Format and the so-called Small Group on Syria with a view to “looking for common denominators.” The Russian party confirmed its readiness for cooperation to promote the Syrian settlement without attempts to artificially hamper the UN functions in the political process.

They also discussed matters linked to the need to facilitate the normalisation in Venezuela via a dialogue involving all political forces in the country and prevent a collapse of international legal instruments designed to maintain strategic stability, overcome the crisis in the Council of Europe, and assist a further development of bilateral Russian-French cooperation, including through the resumption of the “two plus two” meetings of foreign and defence ministers.

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