Lavrov disagrees with Kerry on blaming Syrian govt for chemical attacks - Russian Foreign Ministry

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest tensions surrounding Syria in a telephone conversation late on Tuesday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the latest tensions surrounding Syria in a telephone conversation late on Tuesday.

"John Kerry set out his judgments based, as was stated, on information from trustworthy sources, according to which the government of the Syrian Arab Republic is to blame for the incidents involving the possible use of chemical weapons," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement available on its website.

"This interpretation was rejected by Lavrov, who presented Russia's arguments," it said.

"The minister stressed that we favor a substantive and deeper exchange of information we have on each instance of the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria through expert channels," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Lavrov also called for supporting and facilitating as much as possible the work of the team of experts in Syria, whose mechanism has been agreed upon between Damascus and the UN. "This would fully meet the agreements the G8 leaders reached at the June summit at Lough Erne," it said.

"Moscow is especially alarmed by the dangerous line pursued by a number of countries, which has already become obvious, to deliberately undermine preconditions for a political-diplomatic settlement of the conflict," it said.

Lavrov and Kerry agreed on the need to maintain further contacts on Syria. The conversation took place at the U.S.' initiative, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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