Russian, Chinese FMs call for peace in Syria

Russian, Chinese FMs call for peace in Syria

Russian, Chinese FMs call for peace in Syria

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Russian Federation had not yet decided whether it would deliver advanced S-300 missile systems to Syria, but would not make a secret of the matter if it took such a decision, the TASS news agency reported.

The ministers discussed the situation in Syria, North Korea, the Iran nuclear deal and bilateral relations, according to the statement.

Canada has made the advancement of gender equality a pervasive theme that cuts across all G7 discussions, and the foreign ministers meeting is no exception.

More recently, London blamed Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain last month - a charge that Russia denies.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan did not directly address concerns over allegations of foreign interference by Russia on Monday, but noted that the United States stands with its G7 allies in confronting "Russian malign behaviour".

Both Russia and China respect worldwide law and the UN Charter, said Lavrov, adding that his country agrees that the two nations need to further enhance coordination within multilateral frameworks.

Although disagreeing on the Iran nuclear deal, the G-7 ministers were united in their call for North Korea to abandon all weapons of mass destruction, including biological and chemical weapons, as well as its ballistic missile programs, including short- and midrange missiles capable of hitting South Korea and Japan, Kono said.

The other G-7 members, meanwhile, backed Kono's call for the immediate resolution of North Korea's abduction of Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s.

President Donald Trump gave an ultimatum on January 12 to the European powers, saying they must agree to "fix the awful flaws" of the deal or he would refuse to extend the USA sanctions relief on Iran that it calls for. U.S.

Trump's envoy to Canada, Ambassador Kelly Craft, says her boss is leading worldwide efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons arsenal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of the 2015 agreement.

On Sunday, Ms Freeland also held a meeting with female foreign ministers from non-G7 countries - TV cameras captured her riding her bicycle there from the brunch - and announced Canada would host the world's female foreign ministers for a conference in September.

Trump has called for greater access by worldwide inspectors to Iran's military sites, constraining the country's ballistic missile program and eliminating so-called sunset provisions under which limits on its nuclear program start to expire after 10 years.

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