Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart to talk about the fighting in Syria on Wednesday, two days after Washington suspended contacts on reviving a ceasefire there. US officials insisted the call to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which Kerry requested, did not represent a rapid U-turn and that "bilateral talks" on the crisis remain on hold. "Engagement remains," US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
Russia calls for an immediate halt to all violence in Syria and for the conflicting sides to maintain the ceasefire, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he hopes to hold bilateral talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the global security conference that begins in Munich on Friday.
Russia calls for increasing the number of foreign observers in Syria amid an ongoing standoff between the Syrian government and the opposition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday praised bilateral talks during Lavrov's visit to the South American country.