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    Lavrov-Tillerson Talks '99% Devoted to Syria' - Diplomatic Sources

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary Rex Tillerson spent 99 percent of the duration of their talks Wednesday discussing issues related to Syria crisis, two Russian diplomatic sources, who had been present at the talks, told Sputnik Thursday.

    MOSCOW, April 13 (Sputnik) — When asked whether Lavrov and Tillerson discussed the situation in Ukraine, the source answered "practically no."

    "They mainly focused on Syria and spent 99 percent of the time talking about it," a source said.

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tillerson visited Moscow for the first time after his appointment as US state secretary. Tillerson held a meeting with Lavrov and then a joint meeting with President Vladimir Putin, which lasted for about two hours.

    Following the talks, the ministers said that other issues that were discussed were the current state of Russia-US relations, international political cooperation, cybersecurity, disarmament, and international terrorism.

    Both sides said that the talks were constructive, as they had managed to inform each other of their views on bilateral relations and major international problems. Lavrov, in particular, said that Moscow saw a readiness on behalf of the United States to support an international investigation of the April 4 events in Idlib.

    Tillerson, on his part, said that Washington and Moscow agreed that there should be more high-level communication between the two countries.

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