In Washington there is a meeting between Lavrov and Tillerson
The foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations. After the talks, Lavrov will travel to the White house, where he will take the US President Donald trump.
WASHINGTON, may 10 — RIA Novosti. Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson are meeting in Washington, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.
The foreign Ministers are expected to discuss the situation in Syria and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations. After talks at the state Department, Lavrov will travel to the White house, where he will take the US President Donald trump.
As stated before the meeting, Tillerson, the parties will continue the dialogue begun in Moscow.
Earlier in the Kremlin said that Lavrov during his visit to the US will raise the issue of cooperation in combating terrorism, as well as the topics that were discussed on the telephone Vladimir Putin and Donald trump.
As noted in the state Department, one of the main topics of negotiations will be four zones of de-escalation in Syria. A Memorandum of their creation was signed last week in Astana the representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
The meeting of Lavrov and Tillerson will be the third in a row.
The previous meeting of foreign Ministers was held within the framework of Kerry’s visit to Moscow in April.
What Lavrov said, and Tillerson in Moscow:
Lavrov: Russia is open to dialogue with the United States in various fields and not only to dialogue, and to joint action aimed at the result in those areas where it is in the interests of both countries
Tillerson: We must do everything to stop the degradation, we need to restore trust between our countries in order to resolve the issues that are important to all of us.
- The incident in Idlib
Lavrov: I’m not trying to accuse, I did not try to shield. We insist on objective investigation of what happened April 4.
Tillerson: the Strikes, which were carried out against Syria was justified and they were directed against Syrian forces. And we are certain in these facts.
- The Fate Of Bashar Al-Assad
Lavrov: In Syria, as repeatedly stressed by President Putin, we’re not focusing on any person, neither President Assad nor for someone else. The fate of Syria must, as recorded in a resolution of the UN security Council to define the Syrians themselves without any exceptions
Tillerson: it’s Our position that the Assad regime comes to an end, they may blame themselves, their behavior, and a war that continues for several years. Russia is the closest ally and could help Assad to understand this reality.
- Elections in the United States
Lavrov: as for the assertions that had been made like the US government has incontrovertible evidence that we interfered in the election campaign, then again I have to say that we have not a single fact or even a hint of facts not seen.