The discussion covered the outcome of today’s talks between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
December 15, 2015
The Kremlin, Moscow
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Secretary of State, colleagues,
I would like to heartily welcome you to Moscow.
Mr Secretary of State, we see the efforts you are making to resolve a number of pressing issues. We find it hard to follow your movements – I can see you need to catch up on your sleep. You know that together with you we are all looking for solutions to the most acute crises.
I know that after our meeting in Paris, the American side presented its ideas regarding ways to resolve a number of issues, including the Syrian crisis. Today you also had substantive talks at Russia’s Foreign Ministry.
Foreign Minister Lavrov has just briefed me on your proposals and on certain issues that require additional discussion. I am very happy to have this opportunity to meet with you and to discuss this entire range of issues.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry: Mr President,
Thank you very much for welcoming me and thank you for bringing your team with Foreign Minister Mr Lavrov leading it at the disposal of our efforts. It has been a good cooperative effort and we are very appreciative for what we have achieved so far.
You had a chance to speak with President Obama in New York and then subsequently in Paris and both you and President Obama have committed yourselves to trying to develop as much as possible through Foreign Minister Lavrov and me an approach that can try to deal with both Ukraine and deal with Syria.
With regard to Syria, Vienna-1 and Vienna-2 were a strong beginning, opening up possibilities, and I think there is no question – Foreign Minister Lavrov and I have agreed – that together the United States and Russia have an ability to be able to make a significant difference here.
So, I very much look forward to our discussions now and appreciate the seriousness of your commitment of time and thought about these issues.
President Putin: Moscow will discuss US ideas on the crisis in Syria
15 December، 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the US suggestions to settle the crisis in Syria would be discussed with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia Today TV quoted President Putin as saying while meeting Kerry “Lavrov briefed me on your proposals and on some issues that need extra discussions, I’m very happy with the opportunity to meet with you and talk.”
He pointed out that Russia and the United States are jointly searching for the solutions to the most complex crises including the crisis in Syria.
For his part, Kerry said “With regard to Syria, Vienna-1 and Vienna-2 were a strong beginning, opening up possibilities, and I think there is no question Foreign Minister Lavrov and I have agreed that together the United States and Russia have an ability to make a significant difference here.”
Lavrov: Moscow, Washington agreed on continuing work to identify lists of terrorists and “moderate opposition”
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs said Russia and the USA have agreed on continuing work together to identify lists of terrorists and “moderate opposition” in Syria.
He stressed that the two countries also agreed on the steps that could make fighting terrorism more “coordinated”, expressing Moscow’s approval on holding an international conference on Syria in New York next Friday.
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Lavrov: ISIS issue is not limited only to Syria
15 December، 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that the political compromise in Syria requires “our” continuous care within Vienna agreements.
Meeting his American counterpart John Kerry in Moscow, Lavrov added that ISIS issue was not limited to Syria, as the group was also active in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen.
Kerry, for his part, pointed out that “The world benefits when powerful nations can find common ground and I hope today we can find some common ground.”
On ISIS, Kerry said Russia and the US both agreed it was “a threat to every country… these are the worst of terrorists, they leave no choice but for civilized nations to join together and push them back and destroy them”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry affirmed the need for guaranteeing the implementation of decisions of the international Group for Supporting Syria, issued on November 14th before holding new rounds of talks.
The decisions stipulated that UN Special Envoy to Syria must prepare proposals about “The feature of the Syrian opposition” to hold talks with the Syrian government and coordinate a list on the terrorist organizations that should be combated in a joint way.
Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that both sides affirmed, during a phone call, the importance of sticking to “principle of consensus in the Group” and guaranteeing the participation of all its members in the next meetings.