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Russia: Kerry reaffirms US commitment to work with Russia against IS02:24

Russia: Kerry reaffirms US commitment to work with Russia against IS

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 15, 2015 at 21:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a joint press conference in Moscow, Tuesday, following talks on the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

During the press conference Lavrov said: "In practical terms we have agreed some future tabs that will help make our work more efficient and coordinated. We have dwelled on the Syrian settlement and the arrangements of the Vienna meeting's were reiterated," adding that "we agreed to continue the work that is in the final stage on listing terrorist organisations and on providing assistance to the UN in forming the opposition delegation that should be representative and ready for negotiations with the Syrian government."

Discussing Ukraine, Lavrov also noted that "both the US and the Russian Federation, in furtherance of agreements which were reached in principle between President Putin and Obama, confirm their commitment to the Minsk agreement and Normandy format."

For his part, Kerry made clear that "the United States stands ready to work with Russia to defeat Daesh. Provided obviously that Moscow chooses to direct its fire on the real threat that is Daesh."

Kerry then added that "We also absolutely agree that dealing with both Daesh and Syria is going to require a political process. Not a political process for Daesh but a political process for Syria so that we can focus our efforts against Daesh."

"We also absolutely agree that dealing with both Daesh and Syria is going to require a political process. Not a political process for Daesh but a political process for Syria so that we can focus our efforts against Daesh," he added.

Russia: Kerry reaffirms US commitment to work with Russia against IS02:24
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a joint press conference in Moscow, Tuesday, following talks on the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

During the press conference Lavrov said: "In practical terms we have agreed some future tabs that will help make our work more efficient and coordinated. We have dwelled on the Syrian settlement and the arrangements of the Vienna meeting's were reiterated," adding that "we agreed to continue the work that is in the final stage on listing terrorist organisations and on providing assistance to the UN in forming the opposition delegation that should be representative and ready for negotiations with the Syrian government."

Discussing Ukraine, Lavrov also noted that "both the US and the Russian Federation, in furtherance of agreements which were reached in principle between President Putin and Obama, confirm their commitment to the Minsk agreement and Normandy format."

For his part, Kerry made clear that "the United States stands ready to work with Russia to defeat Daesh. Provided obviously that Moscow chooses to direct its fire on the real threat that is Daesh."

Kerry then added that "We also absolutely agree that dealing with both Daesh and Syria is going to require a political process. Not a political process for Daesh but a political process for Syria so that we can focus our efforts against Daesh."

"We also absolutely agree that dealing with both Daesh and Syria is going to require a political process. Not a political process for Daesh but a political process for Syria so that we can focus our efforts against Daesh," he added.

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