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Lavrov, Kerry begin talks in Geneva

September 09, 2016, 10:47 UTC+3

The main intrigue of the negotiations is whether US and Russia will be able to come to an agreement

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GENEVA, September 9. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have begun talks in Geneva on Friday. One again the meeting is held at the President Wilson Hotel.

The focus of the discussion is Syria. The main intrigue is whether the sides will be able to come to an agreement envisaging, in particular, coordination of actions in the fight against terrorists in war-torn Syria. 

In addition, the sides will focus on the expansion of humanitarian access, especially around Aleppo, the launch of the intra-Syrian political process. The two officials may also discuss the situation in Ukraine, issues of the bilateral agenda.

On Thursday, on arrival in Geneva Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with Staffan de Mistura, the UN Secretary-Genera’s Special Envoy for Syria.

Lavrov and Kerry held brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in China’s Hangzhou on September 4-5. Efforts to hammer out an agreement on coordination in the fight against terrorists in Syria topped the agenda of the meeting.

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