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VIENNA, October 23. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is travelling to Vienna on Friday to discuss with his counterparts from the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey the situation in Syria and take part in the meeting of the Middle East Quartet (Russia, the U.S., the EU, the UN).
Washington’s proposal to hold a four-party meeting (Russia, the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey) on the situation in Syria was announced on October 19 by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Madrid. Moscow confirmed that the possibility of such contacts was examined. On the same day it became known that Vienna was considered to be a possible venue.
On Friday, meetings in different formats are planned. A bilateral meeting of Lavrov and Kerry will be held in the morning, followed by talked involvinging Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Their delegations are likewise headed by Foreign Ministers Adel Al-Jubeir and Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday that such four-party format was insufficient for defusing the Syrian crisis. In his opinion, Iran, Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan should be involved in resolving the issue. Lavrov added that some of these countries "could be in Vienna, but at the parallel meetings." Russia is ready to work with them, he said.