Lavrov will discuss with Le Drian Syria, Ukraine and the fate of the Iranian nuclear deal

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotomancer of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. Archival photoLavrov will discuss with Le Drian Syria, Ukraine and the fate of the Iranian nuclear deal© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit on Tuesday in Paris and will meet with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian. At the talks the Ministers will discuss the situation in Syria, Ukraine and around the Joint comprehensive plan of action on the Iranian nuclear programme and the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles, which the US decided to leave.

Lavrov and Le Drian also together take part in meeting of coordination Council of Russian-French forum of civil societies «Trianon dialogue.»

The attack on Aleppo

The Russian foreign Ministry, announcing the visit, said that the talks will exchange opinions on the situation in Syria, taking into account the four-party summit (Russia, Turkey, France and Germany) in Istanbul, and also in Ukraine, in Libya, Yemen, Central African Republic and Afghanistan. Also, the Ministers will discuss the prospects for resolving the conflict in Ukraine and the conservation AGREEMENT, will be affected by the fate of the Treaty on intermediate-range and shorter-range, the strengthening of European security and the preparation for the Council of Ministers of the OSCE countries.

«The international priority will be given to the preservation of the Joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear program, including the protection of interests of Russian and French companies from the extraterritorial reach of the anti-Iranian sanctions of the United States, and the formation of new outlines of European security, including in the context of the exit of Washington from the Treaty on intermediate and shorter-range missiles,» — said the Russian foreign Ministry.

The situation in Syria sharply escalated over the weekend. The defense Ministry reported that the militants of the terrorist groups on Saturday opened fire on residential areas of Aleppo with shells containing transudate substances. In place of the fire arrived military chemists of the Russian Federation, which confirmed the contamination in Aleppo with chemical substances. Later, the Russian intelligence discovered in the demilitarized zone of the province of Idlib firepower, of which the militants attacked on Aleppo, FSI Russian aircraft attacked the positions of terrorists.

In this case, the Russian defense Ministry said that earlier, the Russian side drew attention to the fact that the organization «White helmets» trying to organize in the demilitarized zone around Idlib provocations using chemical substances for the prosecution of government troops in the use of chemical weapons against the local population. The attack of the militants were injured 73 people, eight of them remain under the supervision of doctors, including two in serious condition.

The Syrian foreign Ministry sent letters about the attacks, the UN Secretary General, the Chairman of the UN security Council and the head of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW), calling on the UN Security Council to take action against those who fired on Saturday residential areas of Aleppo shells with chlorine, and States, helping the militants in the delivery of toxic substances to the organization of mock attacks with chemical weapons. In Moscow the attack on Aleppo called an attempt to undermine the process of normalization of life in Syria.

The President of France Emmanuel macron said on Sunday that France has no accurate data about the attack, but the Paris condemns any use of chemical weapons. He also noted that he would discuss the situation in Syria is «not only with EU countries but also the various partners in the coming days». Makron expressed the hope that the information on the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria will be transferred to the OPCW.

It is noteworthy that the attack on Aleppo was made a few days after the conference of the States parties to the Convention approved the draft budget for 2019, providing for the extension of the mandate of the OPCW. Under the new mandate, the organization with the ability to establish those responsible for himatakah. Russia with the decision to increase the budget of the OPCW, and attempts to give the technical Secretariat of the OPCW attribute functions strongly disagree.

The military situation in Ukraine

Greatly aggravated the situation over the weekend and Ukraine in connection with the incidents in the sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. Three ships of the Ukrainian Navy on Sunday broke the Russian border, did not respond to the legitimate demands of the accompanying Russian military ships and boats to stop immediately. Ukrainian ships maneuvered in a dangerous manner and were detained. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov has called the incident «a very dangerous provocation, which requires serious proceedings». After the incident a criminal case on illegal crossing of the state border.

Russia has requested an urgent meeting of the UN security Council on the situation in the Azov sea.

On the background of the incident with violation of Russian border by Ukrainian ships, the Verkhovna Rada on Monday endorsed a presidential decree on the introduction of martial law in ten regions of the country and inland waters of the Azov-Kerch water area for 30 days. President Petro Poroshenko said that the introduction of martial law in the country does not mean that Kyiv will conduct offensive operations, and it will not affect the situation in the Donbass. In Moscow, however, strongly doubt that the introduction of martial law will have no impact on the situation in the Donbass.

In General, the behavior of the Ukrainian Navy in the Kerch Strait in Moscow regarded as a provocation aimed at creating a pretext for escalating sanctions against Russia, and to divert attention from domestic political problems in Ukraine. Russia has promised to severely punish any attacks on its sovereignty and security.

The settlement mechanism with Iran

France along with its European partners, participates in the creation of a special settlement mechanism to continue economic cooperation with Iran despite the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal and the recovery of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. At the end of November, Iran’s Deputy foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi announced «new initiatives» in the work on the financial mechanism of the European Union for settlement with Tehran to bypass US sanctions.

The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini earlier also positively evaluated the progress in the work on creation of the mechanism, however, the specific timing of the start of its operation until the EU are not called.

Washington had previously stated that I do not see much demand from businessmen in the mechanism of the European Union, in addition, any transactions conducted through the created mechanism will also be a goal of US sanctions.

Trianon dialogue

The agreement on the establishment of new sites of bilateral cooperation at the civil society forum «Trianon dialogue» was achieved 29 may 2017 in Versailles in the course of negotiations of presidents of Russia and France. The forum has become a dialogue platform framework for the development of relations between the civil society and professional communities involved in the development of bilateral relations.

As told RIA Novosti the Russian Ambassador in France, Alexei Meshkov, during the present session of the coordination Council of the forum one of the topics will be the organisation of meetings of young leaders of the two countries representing the spheres of Economics and public administration.

«During the upcoming meetings of the coordination Council of Russian and French representatives intend to summarize the activities in 2018 and to approve the action plan to 2019, paying particular attention to initiatives in the field of education. One of the topics will also be organizing regular meetings of young leaders of Russia and France, representing the sphere of Economics and public administration», — said the Russian Ambassador.

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