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Russia’s Lavrov, US Kerry begin talks in Paris

June 05, 2014, 20:32 UTC+3 PARIS

The current meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers is the first one after almost a two-month break

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PARIS, June 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have begun in the French capital. The agenda includes the situation around Ukraine and developments in Syria.

Lavrov and Kerry are accompanying the leaders of the two states - Vladimir Purin of Russia and Barack Obama of the United States, who are to take part in the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing due on June 6. The current meeting between the two countries’ foreign ministers is the first one after almost a two-month break. After Geneva consultations in April they have had a number of telephone conversations, the last once being after the Ukrainian presidential elections, but failed to bring their positions any closer.

Official Washington sticks to its confrontational paradigm in relations with Moscow. Earlier, the United States President Barack Obama said that the US public opinion forming efforts had made it possible to immediately isolate Russia. He said that thanks to the US leadership the world had condemned Russia’s actions, with Europe and the Group of Seven nations joining US sanctions.

Commenting on the crisis in the Russian-US relations, the Russian foreign minister said that the problem was rooted deeper than in different approaches to a number of key international problems. “The West is readily taking the pose of a prosecutor in respect of Russia,” Lavrov said. “When we defend the basic principles of international law, when we condemn illegal interference into domestic affairs of sovereign states, we are being accused of extreme conservatism, of being too focused on the status quo to a degree of not seeing ongoing changes in the world. It looks like that our country has come under a blow as a most active in the present-day world advocate of an independent point of view who thinks independent policy to be its natural right”.

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