Russian, U.S. FMs discuss Syrian settlement, DPRK nuke test over phone
MOSCOW, Feb 17, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry held, eventually, a
telephone conversation on Sunday, discussing Syrian settlement and
Pyongyang's recent nuclear test.
Lavrov and Kerry exchanged views on the Syrian settlement "in
the context of the need to stop violence on all sides and start a
dialogue between the government and the opposition," the Russian
Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
They also discussed the situation in Northeast Asia in view of
the third nuclear test of the Democratic People's Republic of
The two have agreed to "keep in touch" and discussed the
possibility of a face-to-face meeting "in the near future," said
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said earlier
that Kerry called Lavrov on Tuesday after DPRK conducted its third
controversial nuclear test. However, Kerry did not reach Lavrov,
who was in Africa.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, in
response, said Moscow had asked the U.S. side to have a phone
conversation on Thursday, but the initiative was left unanswered.
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