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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is willingness to discuss the situation in Syria and relations with Russia during his visit to the United States, according to the German Foreign Ministry's press service.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to visit New York and Washington, DC, from February 28 to March 1, according to the German Embassy in the United States.

    "My discussions in Washington will certainly be focused on the situation in Syria shortly after the ceasefire… But the refugee crisis, relations with Russia and the situation in Ukraine will also play an important role in the talks," Steinmeier was quoted in the press release as saying.

    The German top diplomat is also scheduled to visit in New York, where he is going to "use the opportunity" to present the priorities of Germany's chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) at the UN Security Council and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission.

    According to Steinmeier, the OSCE and the United Nations are such multilateral organizations that act as platforms for dialogue and tools for conflict resolution in "difficult and turbulent times."

    On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the ceasefire in Syria and continued to discus the modalities of its full implementation, including the enhancement of military cooperation between Russia and the United States.


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