Russia's Defense Ministry says US-led coalition unlikely to launch battle for Raqqa soonRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 19:06
Russia cuts oil production by 185,000 barrels per day as of today — energy ministerBusiness & Economy March 25, 18:30
OPEC has no objections to speed of Russia's oil production cutsBusiness & Economy March 25, 12:38
Opposition leader Vladimir Neklyayev detained in Belarus - news agency directorWorld March 25, 5:33
Russia submits amicus curiae brief to US Supreme CourtRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:34
Russia, China suggest for UN SC to adopt resolution on chemical terrorism threatRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:23
Russian lawmaker compares European Union to Soviet UnionRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 3:16
Russian emergencies ministry says fire at Kazan’s gunpowder factory fully extinguishedWorld March 25, 3:01
Relations btw US, Russia worst over half-century - Lukin quoting KissingerRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 25, 2:58
UNITED NATIONS, May 10 (Itar-Tass) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had telephone conversations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday, May 9, to discuss the agreements on Syria reached at their meeting in Moscow on May 7.
“They discussed the recent statements on Syria made during the Secretary of State’s visit to Moscow. The Secretary-General commended both men for their leadership and initiative,” Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the U.N. Secretary-General, said.
At their talks in Moscow on Tuesday, May 7, Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed to hold an international conference on the basis of the Geneva Communique of June 30, 2012, in order to try to overcome the crisis in Syria.
Lavrov and Kerry said that their countries would encourage both the Syrian government and opposition groups to look for a political solution.
“The Secretary-General strongly encourages all parties to seize this opportunity. The United Nations and the Joint Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, will intensify efforts on this matter,” Nesirky said.
After the separate telephone conversations with Kerry and Lavrov, Ban also talked with the Joint Special Representative for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. He stressed that “the United Nations stands ready to play its role in helping to bring about a peaceful settlement.”
More than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed, and some 3 million displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, the United Nations said.