Russia Foreign Minister Not Returning Kerry's Calls
It has been three days since Secretary of States John Kerry called Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to try to talk about Syria. So far, Lavrov has not returned favor. State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said that Kerry is "relaxed" about the situation, and that it's not unusual to be ignored when the Foreign Minister is travelling. Transcript below:
QUESTION: Has the Secretary been in touch at all with Foreign Minister Lavrov on the issue of Syria or any other issue for that matter in the last few days?
MS. NULAND: Well, as you know, the subject of Syria did come up in some detail in their introductory conversation. The Secretary placed a call to Foreign Minister Lavrov a couple of days ago, primarily to talk about the D.P.R.K., but we always talk to our Russian counterparts about Syria when we intersect with them, but the Foreign Minister has not yet chosen to return the call.
QUESTION: So that’s three days now.
MS. NULAND: I would say as --
QUESTION: Do they have any explanation for why Mr. Lavrov is unavailable for the Secretary’s of State of the United States for three days?
MS. NULAND: Well, first of all, let me say that we are relaxed. The Secretary is relaxed about this, that he is – can I --
QUESTION: Okay. I used the word “frantic” yesterday, and I apologize for using it. Maybe it’s not frantic. But, I mean, have they – do they some kind of explanation or excuse as to why he’s not --
MS. NULAND: Let me just go back to my – from our perspective, the Secretary would like to talk to him. It’s up to him whether he wants to take that opportunity. We are obviously continuing to talk to, and the Secretary’s continuing to talk to many interlocutors around the world on many subjects. I will say also though that it’s not all that unusual in our recent experience that when Foreign Minister Lavrov is traveling he does not always engage in international phone calls on other subjects. So I refer you to the Russians as to why that may be, but we are open to talking when he is.
QUESTION: But they had already spoken once.
MS. NULAND: They spoke – they had their introductory telephone call. I can’t remember whether that was that first Monday, I think, when he was in the office.
14 Feb 2013
post a comment
Send A Tip
Breitbart Video Picks
Sign up for our
From Our Partners
Fox News Politics
Roger Ailes' letter to Fox employees
23 May 2013, 3:53 PM PDT
Republicans criticize Obama over call for repeal of 2001 use of force law
23 May 2013, 2:35 PM PDT
IRS official on leave refused to resign, says GOP senator
23 May 2013, 2:16 PM PDT
President Obama's speech on counterterrorism policy at National Defense University
23 May 2013, 2:14 PM PDT
Code Pink protester shouts at Obama during speech
23 May 2013, 12:23 PM PDT
Fox News National
FBI arrest 37-year-old man in Washington state ricin letter investigation
23 May 2013, 4:58 PM PDT
Defense releases photos, texts of Trayvon Martin
23 May 2013, 4:48 PM PDT
Judge declares mistrial in penalty phase of Jodi Arias trial
23 May 2013, 4:36 PM PDT
Hand of Lincoln: Abe's note saving teen soldier up for sale
23 May 2013, 3:44 PM PDT
Chicken fight: Study backs farmer in pollution battle with EPA
23 May 2013, 3:43 PM PDT
Fox News Sports
McCutchen helps Pirates sweep Cubs
23 May 2013, 4:46 PM PDT
49ers sign Carradine, McDonald
23 May 2013, 4:13 PM PDT
National League Game Capsules
23 May 2013, 4:03 PM PDT
Saints new defensive coordinator Ryan bringing back some of what Saints did well from 2009-11
23 May 2013, 3:30 PM PDT
Prosecutors seek to revoke bond of Cowboys DT Josh Brent in deadly wreck that killed teammate
23 May 2013, 3:22 PM PDT