18 November 201611:01

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s answers to media questions after bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State J.Kerry on the sidelines of APEC Ministerial Council, Lima, November 17, 2016


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Question: How did it go?

Sergey Lavrov (after J.Kerry): It was a good meeting.

Question: Did you talk about Russian bombing of Aleppo?

Sergey Lavrov (after J.Kerry): Our air forces and air forces of Syria work only in the provinces of Idlib and Homs to prevent the ISIL, who might be leaving Mosul from getting to Syria.

Question: Did you mention by any chance the incident that had happened in the Department of State with an RT correspondent and Mr.Kirby?

Sergey Lavrov (after J.Kerry): Mr.Kirby wasn’t here, so I decided not to complain to his boss in his absence.

Well, Maria Zakharova already expressed, what we think about that. I believe, it’s unacceptable, really not reflecting values, proclaimed by America. I hope, it wasn’t position of the State Department and this is certainly not the position of the Secretary of State. I can assure you.

Question: Are you going to bring up this topic in the future? You said it wasn’t right venue, but are you going to return to this theme?

Sergey Lavrov: We are not going to start every day by condemning Mr.Kirby. I believe Mr.Kirby must be disciplined by his own superiors, who respond for what he is doing and how he is doing his job.


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