Federica Mogherini met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, had today a bilateral meeting with the Russians Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at the margins of the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council in Belgrade.

High Representative Mogherini and Minister Lavrov exchanged views on the Syrian crisis, on the need to preserve the process started in Vienna and deliver concrete results soon. In this respect, they discussed the next steps of the process and in particular the work that needs to be done on the list of terrorist groups and on the opposition interlocutors for the dialogue with the regime that has to be launched by the United Nations Special Envoy, according to the roadmap agreed in Vienna.

The High Representative and the Russian Foreign Minister discussed also the global threat posed by Da’esh and the urgency of international and regional cooperation also on the Libyan crisis, with a particular view to reach an internal agreement on a Government of National Accord. Federica Mogherini underlined the importance of gathering all relevant regional and intentional actors to support the need of an agreement and UN-defined roadmap. In this respect, the conference that will take place in Rome on 13 December will be a great chance to show real international and regional commitment for a political solution. They agreed to work together in this respect.

During their conversation, the High Representative and the Russian Foreign Minister agreed on the need to restarts the Middle East Peace Process and on the importance of the work of the Quartet in this context.

They discussed at length the situation in eastern Ukraine and the need to fully implement the Minsk Agreements.

The High Representative and the Russian Foreign Minister also focused their exchanges on the state and perspectives of bilateral relations.