Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Russian FM Avoids Clinton's Calls on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on January 31 that he was amazed by the hullabaloo over his failure to discuss a UN Syria resolution with US State Secretary Hillary Clinton. Clinton tried to reach Lavrov by telephone for two days, but he was "apparently unavailable" while on a visit to Australia, according to US Department of State press briefings of January 30 and 31. Clinton herself blamed the spotty connection in Australia for her failure to get in touch with Lavrov. However, Lavrov explained he was busy negotiating with his Australian partners, adding that he and Clinton would talk later. (transcript) (transcript)

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