Kerry to meet Lavrov in Belgrade

US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on sidelines of Belgrade’s OSCE talks

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) takes his seat to participate in the OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Belgrade, Serbia December 3, 2015.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are scheduled to meet ‘over dinner’ in Belgrade’s December 3 Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial talks, a Russian diplomatic source said on Wednesday.

"A number of bilateral meetings is planned, including with John Kerry, Italian Foreign Minister [Paolo] Gentiloni and Secretary General of the Council of Europe [Thorbjorn] Jagland," the source said.

Kerry recently urged NATO allies on Wednesday to intensify efforts to fight DAESH, in addition to praising the UK in its decision to broaden its air strikes to include Syria in the battle against the terrorist group. The UK already have been targeting DAESH in Iraq for over a year.

British fighter jets launched their first air strikes against DAESH in war-torn Syria on Thursday, after a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, following over 10 hours of discussions that resulted in 397 British lawmakers voting in favour of the strikes and 223 against.

“We are very pleased with efforts by Prime Minister Cameron to go to parliament,” Kerry added, “It is a very important step. We applaud his leadership.”

“I called on every NATO ally to step up support in the fight against DAESH, striking at the organization’s core in Syria and Iraq,” Kerry said after a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 NATO states in Brussels.

"A number of allies are already bringing more to this battle or are planning to increase their contributions,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is also said to be meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to talk over downed Russian warplane during the OSCE summit in Belgrade.

The meeting of Cavusoglu and Lavrov followed after a diplomatic crisis between Moscow and Ankara when two Turkish F-16 fighter jets on an aerial patrol last week shot down an unidentified warplane within rules of engagement following its intrusion into Turkish airspace on the Syria border, despite warnings.


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