18-09-2021 09:59 PM Jerusalem Timing

Kerry Says Meeting with Russia’s Lavrov on Syria is ’Likely’

Kerry Says Meeting with Russia’s Lavrov on Syria is ’Likely’

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said he hoped it was "very possible, even likely" he would hold talks on Syria with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Kerry-LavrovUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said he hoped it was "very possible, even likely" he would hold talks on Syria with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

Washington and Moscow have been in contact for weeks over establishing military cooperation to fight the ISIL terrorist group in Syria.

"We are indeed engaged currently in ongoing conversations that have been going on now for several weeks and it is my hope that we are reaching the end of those discussions one way or the other," Kerry told reporters during a visit to Kenya.

"In the next days, our teams will meet, this week, and depending on where those discussions go, it is very possible, even likely, that Foreign Minister Lavrov and I would meet," he said.

"But that decision has to be made on the basis of where we are in the next couple of days."

He added: "It is possible that something could be agreed at upon before the end of the month but I can't tell you whether it's likely. I wouldn't express optimism -- I would express hope."


Russian planes have also been carrying out raids on Syrian terrorist groups, some of which are supported by the United States.

US and allied forces, meanwhile, have been striking ISIL -- a target that Russia, separately, says it too pounding.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday Russia struck at ISIL from a base in western Iran, which is also an ally of Syria.

But Iran on Monday said that Russian raids from its territory were "a specific, authorized mission and it's over for now."

Kerry, asked about this development, declined to comment.

"On Russia, and bombings, and Iran, you'd have to ask the Iranians and the Russians why they made whatever decision they made to something that I'm not sure anybody had admitted previously was in fact going on," the secretary of state said.