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Lavrov, Tillerson hash over Syria on sidelines of Vietnam-hosted APEC summit

November 11, 2017, 10:58 UTC+3

Russian Foreign Minister and US Secretary of State have held a brief meeting on the sidelines of the summit of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum

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MOSCOW, November 11. /TASS/. Russian and US top diplomats, Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson, discussed Syria and paths to settling the conflict in that country at a meeting in Vietnam on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"On November 11, on the sidelines of the APEC forum in Da Nang (Vietnam), the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a meeting with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson," the ministry said in a statement. "They discussed a settlement to the Syrian crisis and joint actions in that direction."

Russian-US contacts on the sidelines of the summit have stirred the interest of the US media and establishment.

On Friday, the much-anticipated meeting between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump did not take place and they only shook hands during the nighttime gala reception.

On Saturday, both Putin and Trump attended the first meeting of APEC leaders at the Intercontinental hotel.


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