Lavrov said he sensed change in Clinton's stance on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he felt a change in the U.S. stance on Syria at his Friday evening talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"Syria dominated the international agenda, of course. I felt a change in the position of my colleague Hilary Clinton in the sense that there were no ultimatums, there was not a word about the document [Kofi Annan's plan for Syria] that is now being discussed in Geneva being absolutely untouchable though such statements were made before," Lavrov said.

"In the person of Hillary Clinton I heard a very experienced diplomat, an experienced politician who said she understood our position," he went on to say.

"Our answer was reciprocal and we agreed to look for such understandings that would really bring us closer on the basis of the clear understanding as it is written in Kofi Annan's plan that the sides in Syria should be stimulated to national dialogue but that only Syrians can decide what the Syrian state should be like and who should hold specific posts and positions in it," Lavrov added.

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