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Lavrov and Kerry hold talks on Syria

25.10.2016 14:26

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry talked by phone October, 24, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia reported.

The situation in Syria and in Aleppo was in the focus. Sergey Lavrov underlined that the illegal armed formations in the eastern part of Aleppo responded to the humanitarian pause introduced by the Syrian authorities by firing on civilians who tried to escape from the city and launching new attacks. Lavrov urged the United States to fulfil its commitment to separate US-backed "moderate" opposition forces from terrorist groups.

On his turn, according to the U.S. State Department, Kerry "expressed his concern about the renewal of airstrikes and ground attacks on Aleppo by the regime and by Russia."

The officials stressed "the importance of the continued multilateral discussions in Geneva and how to try to continue to find a way to get a meaningful cessation of hostilities" and agreed that experts would keep looking for ways to stabilise the situation in Aleppo on these terms.

The initiative of the talks' was John kerry's. The US concerns are quite understandable. With the significant progress in fighting terrorism in Syria though complicated, Washington makes efforts to undermine the military success of the Syrian army by making diplomatic and humanitarian pauses. The goal is rather simple: U.S. just wants to "steal" the Russian leading role in fighting terrorism and shape conditions to overthrow Bashar Asad.