01 March 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation

The Secretary-General met Foreign Minister Lavrov this morning, and thanked him for his significant role in achieving recent progress on Syria.  They agreed on the importance of urgently moving forward simultaneously on implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement, providing vital humanitarian assistance to civilians, and returning to political negotiations.

The Secretary-General thanked the Minister for the constructive and important role that Russia plays vis-a-vis the DPRK and the Korean peninsula.

They discussed the need to end the fighting and move towards dialogue in Yemen.

The two men exchanged views on Ukraine, underlining the need for further progress on implementation of the Minsk Agreement.