Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Belgium

Submitted on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 15:59

Fragment of the briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, June 29, 2017

On July 12, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will be in Belgium on a working visit at the invitation of the Belgian side and will have talks with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders.

The two foreign ministers intend to discuss in detail the status of and prospects for the development of Russian-Belgian cooperation, as well as a number of current issues on the international agenda, in particular the situation in the Middle East and Africa, including in the context of fighting international terrorism.

During the talks, the two officials plan to coordinate their approaches towards the prospects for Russia’s relations with the European Union and NATO, as well as with the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

Before the talks, on July 11, Mr Lavrov will have a meeting with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, within the framework of the Russia-EU political dialogue.

On July 13, Mr Lavrov will pay a visit to Germany, as he said yesterday at a joint news conference with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel. We will duly inform you about the events planned in Germany.