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Lavrov, Kerry to meet in Beijing during APEC summit preparations — diplomatic source

November 07, 2014, 10:55 UTC+3

The top diplomats are expected to meet on November 8

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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are due to meet in Beijing on Saturday at the preparatory events for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry has said on Friday.

“Lavrov and Kerry are expected to meet as part of preparations for the APEC summit in Beijing on November 8,” the Russian ministry source told reporters on Friday.

The Russian and US foreign ministers previously met in Paris on October 14 to discuss a broad range of issues, including events in Ukraine and Iraq as well as bilateral relations and humanitarian issues related to the fate of Russian citizens.

Leaders of APEC, a forum of 21 Pacific Rim member economies seeking to encourage free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region, are due to meet in Beijing on November 10-11.

The Kremlin has not ruled out that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama could meet on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Beijing.

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