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    Russian FM Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart will meet in Beijing before APEC summit.

    MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry plan to meet Saturday in Beijing, China, before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

    "A meeting between Lavrov and Kerry is planned on November 8 in Beijing on the sidelines of the APEC events," the source said.

    Since the beginning of 2014, the Russian foreign minister and his US counterpart have had more than 10 meetings, with the latest talks held in Paris on October 14.

    Following the Paris meeting, Lavrov said that Russia and the United States could be more effective in their joint efforts on a number of global issues, including the fight against terrorism and the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The foreign minister also suggested that the West should use its influence the conflicting sides in Ukraine keep to the Minsk agreements reached on September 5. According to Lavrov, Russia and the United States are working together on the crises in North Africa and the Middle East, as well as on the Iranian nuclear deal, Korea's denuclearization, and the agenda of the UN Security Council.

    The APEC summit is being held in Beijing, China, from November 5 to 11. The forum of 21 Pacific Rim economies seeks to facilitate economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region.


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