8 Nov 2017 09:24

Possible meeting between Russian, U.S. presidents to address bilateral relations, Ukraine, Syria, N. Korea - Lavrov

DA NANG (Vietnam). Nov 8 (Interfax) - A possible meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States on the APEC summit's sidelines will address bilateral relations and global affairs, including Ukraine, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and the Syria peace process, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"All items in the agenda, bilateral relations between Russia and the United States, which are in need for profound repairs after the Obama team did its best and worked out the decision," Lavrov said.

"There are also global affairs, such as the Korean Peninsula, the Syria settlement, Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Ukraine," he said.

"The U.S. representative has started his active work; he plans to meet with Vladislav Surkov in the coming days," Lavrov said.

Lavrov said earlier that Russian President Vladimir Putin was ready to contact U.S. President Donald Trump at the APEC summit in Vietnam.

"We have been hearing statements by Donald Trump that he plans to have a meeting with President Putin; President Putin is ready to do so, and the Americans know that. Protocol services are in touch. As soon as schedules of the leaders are fully clarified, I think you will be informed," Lavrov said.