Lavrov and Kerry to hold several meetings in New York next week

International Syria Support Group to meet in New York on September 20.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry will hold several meetings in New York on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session scheduled for Sep. 20-26, Vitaly Churkin, Russian Ambassador to UN, said on Sep. 17.

"They will hold several meetings," Churkin said in response to a TASS question on when the talks between Lavrov and Kerry will take place.

He noted that Lavrov and Kerry always remain in contact. "Firstly, they plan to hold a meeting as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG). They also plan to hold a bilateral meeting," Churkin added reminding that the ISSG meeting is planned for Sep. 20.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry reached an agreement on Syria on Sep. 10 after record 13-hour talks. The deal envisages restoration of the cessation of hostilities regime, separating the opposition from terrorists, and agreeing on areas of airstrikes at terrorists by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces and US Air Force.

On Sep. 16, Russia and US planned to hold a joint briefing for UN Security Council members to inform them about the reached agreement. However, Churkin said that the meeting was cancelled due to US’ refusal to disclose the details of the deal. As a result, the adoption of UN Security Council resolution in support of the deal is under a threat, the diplomat added.

Churkin earlier said that the document should be adopted at the UN Security Council ministerial meeting on Sep. 21. The Russian delegation has prepared two draft resolution but the US has approved neither, he concluded.

First published by TASS

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