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MOSCOW, September 30. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a telephone talk on September 29 and, although the American side asked not to mention it, the US Department announced about it the same evening, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
"The US Secretary of State asked not to talk about this conversation. What happened exactly in an hour? Mr. [US State Department spokesman John] Kirby came out to address the journalists and told about the telephone conversation," Zakharova said in an interview with Moscow Speaking radio station.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said again that most telephone talks between Lavrov and Kerry were held on the US initiative.
US State Department spokesman Kirby announced on Thursday evening about a telephone conversion held between Lavrov and Kerry. According to him, the talk was about the situation in Syria’s Aleppo and the Russian-US agreements on Syria.
According to the diplomat, the statements by the US State Department about consequences for Russia’s operation in Syria may be heard by those who will understand this as a directive, irrespective of what US diplomats really meant.
"The talk is not so much about what they wanted to say but about the effect that will be produced," she said in an interview with Moscow Speaking radio station.
"You’ll be heard by those who will perceive this as a directive. And this may explode in combination with other factors."
"I’m already not talking out of humanity and humanism," the Russian diplomat added.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also said she was bewildered that such statements could be made by a high-ranking official.
US State Department spokesman John Kirby said on September 28 that in his opinion extremists’ attacks on Russian cities could be one of the consequences of the war in Syria and "Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags."
He later said he didn’t intend to threaten anyone. "No. Those were facts," he said.
"What would be the consequences to Russia? And I said … that the consequences are more war, more bloodshed," Kirby noted.