Press release on Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
On June 1, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
During their conversation the officials focused on settlement processes in Syria and Libya with an emphasis on UN activities in these areas, and also on issues of UN response to the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
They exchanged views on the situation in Syria including Russia and Turkey's efforts to stabilise the situation and enforce a ceasefire in the Idlib de-escalation zone based on the Additional Protocol of March 5. They also pointed out the danger of a quick resurgence in terrorist activity in Syria against the background of the coronavirus and stressed the importance of providing stable security in the country based on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The officials had a detailed discussion of the issues of stepping up humanitarian aid to needy Syrians throughout the country without discrimination, politicisation or any preconditions. In this connection it is especially important to yield to the UN Secretary-General's plea for relaxing or suspending the unilateral sanctions which inhibit the delivery of vital medicines and medical equipment and result in shortages of basic consumer goods and the aggravation of the social and economic situation in the country. The parties agreed on the lack of alternatives to the political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with the process advanced by the Syrian people with UN assistance, as indicated in UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The Russian Foreign Minister pointed out the need for a quick solution to the issue of managing the UN mission in Libya amid the continuing aggravation of the situation in that country.
Sergey Lavrov stressed Russia's support for UN activities and the activities of UN specialised agencies aimed at coordinating the member states' efforts in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and its social and economic consequences. The officials discussed ways of raising the efficiency of global teamwork in this area and expanding multilateral cooperation within the UN.