2 July 2013, 09:40

Lavrov meets Kerry during ASEAN summit in Brunei

Lavrov meets Kerry during ASEAN summit in Brunei

Russia’s topmost foreign affairs official Sergei Lavrov attended a foreign ministers' meeting today of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Brunei, where he met with US Secretary of State John Kerry, VoR’s Polina Chernitsa reports.

Journalists were only briefly allowed in the conference hall to take pictures of the two ministers ahead of their bilateral talks.

A reporter with the Washington Post grabbed this chance to inquire in a very loud voice whether Mr. Lavrov was going to bring the asylum bid of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden to the negotiating table.

“Don't shout at me please,” the Russian foreign chief was cited as saying in response to this shout-out.

Mr. Kerry answered by telling journalists he was set to speak on a range of urgent issues.

Also attending the summit was EU’s foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, who VoR’s Chernitsa said looked “very sullen” as she was about to table the recent scandal of America's National Security Agency (NSA) spying on its European allies.

Lavrov, Kerry discuss Syria at ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry are due to meet on the fringes of the ASEAN forum in Brunei to discuss Syria's civil war and the peace conference proposed earlier this year, dubbed Geneva II.

Lavrov has arrived for the meeting, Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa reports from Brunei.

Washington Post journalist asked loudly: "Will you discuss Snowden's request for asylum"? Lavrov answered: "Don't shout at me". After that Kerry said that there are many other topics for discussion and invited his Russian counterpart to the negotiating table.

Syria, Geneva-2 talks, Obama's visit to Russia and G20 to be discussed tomorrow with Lavrov - Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to discuss prospects for the Geneva-2 international peace conference for Syria and preparations for a Russian visit of U.S. President Barack Obama with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday, Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa reported.

"We will discuss situation in Syria, preparations for Geneva-2 talks, upcoming visit of the US president Barack Obama to Russia and G20 summit US with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tomorrow. We have a lot to discuss," - said US Secretary of State John Kerry at the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brunei.

I will not comment on the US tapping of EU diplomats, until I am not aware of all charges - Kerry

US US Secretary of State John Kerry refused to comment alleged tapping of European diplomats by the US, Voice of Russia correspondent reported.

"I will not comment on the US tapping of EU diplomats, until I am not aware of all charges," said Kerry during the meeting with his colleagus from Japan and South Korea.

EU that seeking information on other countries was "not unusual" - Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry told the European Union that seeking information on other countries was "not unusual". The statement came after allegations that the United States had bugged European offices, Voice of Russia correspondent reported.

"Lady Ashton did indeed raise it with me today and we agreed to stay in touch. I agreed to find out exactly what the situation is and I will get back to her," Kerry told reporters at the ASEAN regional meeting.

"I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs, of national security, undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security and all kinds of information contributes to that."

"All I know is that that is not unusual for lots of nations," he said.

"But beyond that, I'm not going to comment any further until I have all of the facts and find out precisely what the situation is," he said.

Kerry, who flew overnight to the Brunei meetings, noted he had been "deeply immersed" in seeking to revive peace talks in the Middle East.

The European Union has voiced outrage over reports in Der Spiegel that Washington bugged EU offices and European embassies.

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding warned Sunday that the alleged bugging could put in jeopardy talks for a trade agreement between the United States and European Union, which are in their infancy after long discussion.

Kerry discussed N Korea nuclear program, Snowden, US tapping of EU diplomats - VoR

US Secretary of State John Kerry held discussions with his colleagues from South Korea and China. They discussed North Korea's nuclear program, Edward Snowden's future and US tapping of EU diplomats, Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa reported from Brunei.

"North Korea has another, a better way of development, and the discussion of its future must necessarily include the issue of its denuclearization," said US Secretary of State John Kerry at the 46th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Brunei.

Kerry also said that "the opportunities that we have come in the framework of cooperation under the ASEAN are inspiring".

Voice of Russia 

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