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USA: US share goal with Russia in Syria but their actions violate international law - Lavrov02:00

USA: US share goal with Russia in Syria but their actions violate international law - Lavrov

United States, New York City
September 27, 2015 at 05:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to the press outside the New York Palace Hotel in New York City, Sunday, after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that Russia and the US are pursuing a common goal - the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and other terror groups. However the Russian foreign minister noted that the two diplomats could not agree on the "practical conclusions that are drawn from this mutual objective."

"We are convinced that these actions must be built on the solid ground of the UN Charter, in accordance with the respective governments and with the support of the Security Council. The United States find that their coalition does not need this kind of approvement of the UN Security Council which is a violation of international law in our opinion," Lavrov stated. Despite their differences, the Russian foreign minister appeared optimistic that there is "a will for both diplomatic and military cooperation" between the US and Russia in Syria.

Discussing Ukraine, Lavrov stated that Moscow had forwarded analytical material "contrasting the literal Minsk II agreement on the one hand with what has been done practically on the other hand" to Washington and Kerry had assured the Russian diplomat that he would study the information with US President Barack Obama.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to the press outside the New York Palace Hotel in New York City, Sunday, after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

Commenting on the situation in Syria, Lavrov said that Russia and the US are pursuing a common goal - the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and other terror groups. However the Russian foreign minister noted that the two diplomats could not agree on the "practical conclusions that are drawn from this mutual objective."

"We are convinced that these actions must be built on the solid ground of the UN Charter, in accordance with the respective governments and with the support of the Security Council. The United States find that their coalition does not need this kind of approvement of the UN Security Council which is a violation of international law in our opinion," Lavrov stated. Despite their differences, the Russian foreign minister appeared optimistic that there is "a will for both diplomatic and military cooperation" between the US and Russia in Syria.

Discussing Ukraine, Lavrov stated that Moscow had forwarded analytical material "contrasting the literal Minsk II agreement on the one hand with what has been done practically on the other hand" to Washington and Kerry had assured the Russian diplomat that he would study the information with US President Barack Obama.

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