Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a Valdai Club Session titled "Russia and the EU: What Follows the “Strategic Partnership” that Never Happened?" as part of the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Center in St. Petersburg, June 16, 2016.Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he was surprised to hear U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry say that his country's patience was "very limited" regarding the settlement process in Syria and its President Bashar al-Assad's future.
"I've seen this statement and was surprised. John [Kerry] usually [acts] as a self-restrained politician. I don't even know what happened. I've seen the update made by a State Department spokesperson. After all, you should probably be less impatient or more patient, especially considering that President Obama has said on numerous occasions that his administration is pursuing a policy of strategic patience," Lavrov said at a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 16.
The Russian foreign minister pointed to "the essence of what troubled John Kerry so much: he said they are running out of patience because we have still not done what we were supposed to do with Bashar al-Assad."
"First of all, we haven't assumed any obligation to anyone and haven't given any promises to anyone but agreed that everyone working on the settlement process in Syria should be guided by the agreements reached within the International Syria Support Group, which have been consolidated in the UN Security Council resolutions," Lavrov said.
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