The U.S. state Department does not exclude the holding of bilateral meetings between Secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on 15 October in Lausanne, which will host international talks on Syria, said Wednesday the representative of the
American foreign Minister John Kirby. On the preparation of negotiations, despite the crisis over the siege of Aleppo, previously reported by several sources to Reuters. On the evening of Wednesday, Lavrov, Kerry and head of the EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini had discussed the escalating conflict in Syria.
Kirby in their forecasts was cautious: “this could happen”, – he said at a briefing, answering
the question of whether to meet Larowe and Kerry. He explained that such negotiations cannot be considered a resumption of bilateral contacts with Russia on the Syrian
the truce, reports TASS. “The truce will not be discussed, – said the representative of the foreign Department of the USA. – No one ever said that from now on will not be bilateral talks with Lavrov, Kerry”.
State Department spokesman stressed that “the leadership of the US and Russia is vital
it is important in order to achieve further ceasefire”. Kirby expressed the hope that Russia will arrive at the meeting in Switzerland with the intention to reduce the level of violence in the Arab country.
According to American diplomat, the main theme of Saturday’s meeting in Lausanne will be the discussion of the siege of the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as the blows inflicted on the city by aircraft of Russia and Syria. The representative of the Ministry did not answer the question whether rising theme related to the investigation of Russia’s actions in Syria as a possible war crimes, which previously called on Kerry.
On the intensification of efforts of the European Union announced on Wednesday evening the foreign service of the EU. Federica Mogherini held a series of telephone talks with UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, Iran Javad Zarif and Turkish Mevlut Chavushoglu. Mogherini discussed with them “the need to restore the political process with the participation of key international and regional players,” quoted a press release by TASS.
Earlier, Sergei Lavrov in an interview with the American channel CNN reported that in the consultations in Lausanne will take part Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and possibly Qatar.