French and Russian ministers discuss Syria and Ukraine
Russia – Conversation between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman
Paris, 13 October 2016
M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, spoke to his Russian counterpart, Mr Sergei Lavrov, on the telephone today. He reaffirmed France’s determination to continue its honest dialogue with Russia.
The two ministers discussed the situation in Syria. M. Jean-Marc Ayrault highlighted the urgent need to resolve the current deadlock and therefore to put an end to the bombing of Aleppo in order to allow access for humanitarian assistance and pave the way for negotiations with a view to a political solution.
The two ministers also discussed Ukraine, with a meeting being held in Minsk at senior official level to look at progress to be made in implementing the Minsk agreements./.