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Russian, British top diplomats to meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly

September 12, 13:48 UTC+3
Great Britain’s top diplomats hails the Russian-US agreement on Syria
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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

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MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have pointed to the intensification of bilateral contacts at various levels during a telephone conversation and agreed to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.

"The two ministers discussed in detail the situation around Syria. Johnson welcomed the Russian-US agreement reached at Sergey Lavrov’s meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva on September 9 and expressed his readiness to contribute to its successful implementation," the ministry said.

At the request of Johnson who is planning to visit Kiev one of these days Lavrov outlined Moscow’s assessment of the state of affairs with the implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures.

"While discussing a number of issues on the bilateral agenda, the two ministers expressed satisfaction with the emerging intensification of bilateral contacts at various levels noting a positive impetus given to this process by a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister Theresa May on September 4 in Hangzhou on the sidelines of the G20 summit," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The conversation was initiated by the British side.

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