9 April 201709:20

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


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On April 8, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke by telephone with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the initiative of the US side.

The officials discussed the situation in Syria following the US air strikes delivered against Syrian government forces in the small hours of April 7. Mr Lavrov pointed out that attacking a country whose government is fighting terrorism is playing into the hands of extremists and can create additional threats to regional and global security.

The Russian Foreign Minister also said the allegation that the Syrian Army used chemical weapons in Idlib on April 4 was not consistent with the facts. He called for a thorough, objective and professional investigation into the event.

The ministers have agreed to continue discussions of the situation in Syria during a personal meeting.

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