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Russian diplomat points to difficulties hampering Lausanne-format talks

October 25, 2016, 13:33 UTC+3

The Russian deputy foreign minister added that it could be even said that the agreements brokered by Russia, the US and other participants of the Lausanne meeting had been deliberately derailed

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seen after a meeting on the crisis in Syria, in Lausanne, Switzerland

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov seen after a meeting on the crisis in Syria, in Lausanne, Switzerland

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MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. During the ‘Lausanne-format’ expert consultations on Syria, Russia is once again dealing with its counterparts’ inability to reach agreements, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Tuesday.

"The ideas that the experts discussed last week in Geneva, have not been completely developed yet, and work on it is still in progress. Nonetheless, it is affected by the situation in Eastern Aleppo and this area in general. We have faced this before, I would call it as I see it - our counterparts’ inability to reach agreement," Ryabkov emphasized.

The Russian deputy foreign minister added that it could be even said that the agreements brokered by Russia, the US and other participants of the Lausanne meeting had been deliberately derailed.

"It would be wrong to speak of any changes or any progress that we see at the moment," Ryabkov noted.

The first ‘Lausanne-format’ experts’ (from Russia, the US and a number of Middle Eastern countries) meeting took place last week in Geneva. 

Aleppo humanitarian disaster 

The humanitarian agencies in Aleppo have fallen short of their tasks failing to launch systematic work to deliver humanitarian aid, Ryabkov told reporters: 

"Unfortunately, the humanitarian organizations, the relevant UN and Geneva humanitarian agencies fell short of their tasks last week, putting it mildly. They failed to ensure medical evacuation from eastern Aleppo and launch more systematic work to deliver humanitarian aid for the city’s residents."

"In these circumstances, attempts to again place responsibility for these failures on the Russian side would mean denying hard facts, and those who are doing this are well aware what it is all about, " Ryabkov noted.

He added that it is regrettable that real problems and the need to somehow ease people’s suffering are actually falling victim to the political agenda and political rhetoric where anti-Russian tone and background prevail.

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