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    December 15, 2015

    Key Statements Following The Meeting Between Putin, Lavrov and Kerry in Moscow

    Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
    15th December, 2015

    U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry confirmed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin that Washington is ready to work with Moscow to defeat the terrorist organization ISIS.

    The President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after his talks in Moscow with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    In the meeting, which lasted more than three hours, the Russian side was also attended by the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, on the American side assistant Secretary of state Victoria Nuland, special assistant to the U.S. President for Russia Celeste Wallander and the US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.

    On the situation in Syria:

    The parties agreed to continue work on compiling the list of terrorist organizations operating in Syria.

    We agreed to continue to work in terms of compiling a unified list of terrorist organizations and to assist the UN in forming the delegations of the opposition - Sergei Lavrov

    We found some areas of agreement in the classification of terrorist groups, but I can't talk now about what we have agreed on a bilateral basis, because, as he said Sergei (Lavrov), the whole support Group Syria should participate in this discussion and it is important that all contributed to the decision - John Kerry

    U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry confirmed to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin that the United States stands ready to work with Russia to defeat Russia banned terrorist organization "Islamic state" (is, formerly ISIS).

    I confirmed to President Putin that U.S. ready to work with Russia to defeat the ISIL - John Kerry

    Confirmed today the agreements that were reached between the military of the Russian Federation and the United States, and agreements that apply to the United States led a coalition to combat "Islamic state" (ISIS is a terrorist group banned in Russia). In practical terms agreed on some further steps that will help to make the fight against terrorism more effective - Sergei Lavrov

    The parties agreed that the agreements reached in Vienna on Syria was approved by a UN resolution.

    We agreed to continue work on the terrorist problem and on the organization of negotiations between the government and the opposition, we nevertheless deemed it appropriate at this stage to confirm the agreements that were reached in Vienna on October 30 and November 14 in the form of a resolution of the UN Security Council - Sergey Lavrov

    During the negotiations was also affected by the military operation HQs of the Russian Federation in the SAR.

    A recent report to the UN contained the assertion that the Russian operation in Syria has led to increased suffering of the civilian population. In these statements there were no references to facts. We requested the UN present such facts - Sergei Lavrov

    Isolation of Russia is not included in the plans of the United States:

    At the conclusion of the talks, Kerry said U.S. President Barack Obama about Russia's isolation and explained that they were caused by the situation with the Crimea. Also the parties expressed unanimity in commitment to the Minsk agreements on settling the situation in Ukraine.

    We exchanged assessments regarding the challenges to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian Federation and the USA are building on the agreements in principle reached between presidents Putin and Obama reaffirm their support of the Minsk agreements, we support "Normandy format" and will use their opportunities to achieve full implementation of the Minsk agreements - Sergei Lavrov

    The USA does not have a specific policy on the isolation of the Russian Federation. We have a position related to the fact that we defend our principles and values. But, like I said, it is important for us to find areas of agreement and constructive behaviour - John Kerry

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