Syria/meeting with Mr Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister
Paris, October 28, 2015
I have met my Russian counterpart, Mr Sergei Lavrov, in order to prepare the Vienna meetings which will take place on Friday.
I raised with him the main conclusions of the consultations we held with our partners in Paris last night. In particular, I recalled our three priorities: combating Daesh [ISIL] and other terrorist groups, and not the moderate opposition; speeding up a transition out that guarantees the departure of Bashar al-Assad; and protecting civilians. In this respect, I raised our intention to present a resolution to the Security Council soon, prohibiting barrel bombings.
We agreed to meet again in Vienna to continue discussing these points./.