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Russia-France dialogue developing constructively — Lavrov

June 29, 2016, 21:10 UTC+3 PARIS

According to the Russian foreign minister, the talks focused on Karabakh, Libya, Lebanon

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault


PARIS, June 29. /TASS/. The dialogue between Russia and France is developing constructively, interaction is progressing both on the bilateral and international agenda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday following talks with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault.

"I am very much pleased by talks that were held in a constructive atmosphere typical for the Russian-French relations," Lavrov said.

According to the minister, the sides discussed developments in Nagorno Karabakh, as well as settlement of the conflicts in Libya, Lebanon and Sahelo-Saharan zone.

"We exchanged views on the developments in and around Nagorno Karabakh," Lavrov said, adding, "Our countries jointly with the US partners co-chair the OSCE Minsk Group. We support regular contacts with the leadership of both Armenia and Azerbaijan."

"Few days ago, the Russian president invited his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts to discuss how they can raise security in the region and create conditions for the promotion of the political settlement," the minister said.

Touching upon other aspects linked with regional crises and conflicts, Lavrov said that they discussed settlement of the crisis in Libya, developments in Lebanon and in the Sahelo-Saharan zone (Africa).

"Here, France does its best to promote improvement of the situation in a whole range of countries," the minister said.

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