Lavrov: Russia-U.S. efforts helped take step forward in Syrian settlement

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, and US Secretary of State John Kerry meet in Moscow.

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Russian Foreign Minister meets with U.S. Secretary of State in Moscow

Russian-American interaction has helped achieve progress in the Syrian settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

"Our cooperation on Syria, our persistence helped achieve success because we were working on the basis of equality and continue working," Lavrov said at talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Moscow.

The Russian minister also agreed with Kerry's words about the importance of interaction between Moscow and Washington on Syria.

Progress has been made on the Syrian issue for a number of reasons, including the fact that Russia and the U.S. "are working by way of forming a balance of interests not only between Moscow and Washington, but also between all parties involved - both those inside Syria and in the international arena," Lavrov said.

"It was the key to success," the Russian ministry said, adding that such an approach should also be pursued when tackling other international problems and in bilateral relations.

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