Lavrov, Kerry 'Agree On Need' For Syria Peace Conference (August background)
Lavrov, Kerry 'Agree On Need' For Syria Peace Conference
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed on the need to start a Syrian peace conference in Geneva as soon as possible.
Lavrov made the remarks after talks in Washington on August 9 with Kerry.
Lavrov said he and Kerry agreed they should meet again by the end of August to prepare for the proposed Geneva talks.
Kerry said Russia and the United States needed to find ways to work around their differences on Syrias civil war, and to make progress on missile defense, Afghanistan, and nuclear disputes with Iran and North Korea.
The talks came as the political mood between Moscow and Washington hit a low point with U.S. President Barack Obama earlier this week canceling an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confer during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington on August 9.
This is why I wasn't so concerned when Russia came into the picture after the chemical attacks. I knew there was another element to the drama that was unfolding. Russia REALLY doesn't want war in Syria any more than we do.
You should add the August date, so people see this occurred before the chemical attacks.
largely to highlight there has been negotiating going on.
Kerry isn't a reflexive warmonger.
and/or able to put the entire course of action in context.