Lavrov, Kerry to discuss conflicts in Yemen, Syria

Russian and American foreign ministers discuss ongoing Syrian and Yemeni crisis on which parties essentially diverge due to geopolitical interests

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry were said to have held a phone call during which the parties negotiated the Syrian and Yemeni conflicts, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"The situation in Syria and Yemen, including efforts by the international community to facilitate the start of a peace process in both the 'hot spots', was the focus," the Russian ministry said.

The phone call was regarded as a part of the latest move to enhance high-level contacts between Moscow and Washington over the Middle East crises as well as Ukraine conflict which caused the declining of bilateral relations to the level of Cold War era since last year.

The US and Russia sought the ways of convergence on the regional security issues as the Secretary Kerry met last week with the President Vladimir Putin and FM Lavrov in the Russian Black Sea riviera Sochi.

For the current level of the relations, the Kremlin blames the US administration and NATO for the eastward enlargement further into the post-Soviet space, while the Euro-Atlantic alliance raised concerns over Moscow’s recent military presence towards eastern Europe.

Since the Geneva talks, the US and Russia have also been clashing over the ongoing Syrian crisis for which the parties could not have converged on how to end the civil war engulfing the Bashar al Assad regime in Damascus.  

Russia has so far supported the Assad regime together with Iran whereas the US and other Western allies together with the Gulf Arab dynasties have long been insisting on a regime change in Syria.

TRTWorld and agencies