Kerry: Russia’s Lavrov Agrees On Need to Discuss Syrian Cease-Fire

LONDON (Reuters) -
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks his plane upon arrival at London Stansted Airport February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Nicholas Kamm/Pool
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks  upon arrival at London Stansted Airport, Wednesday. (Reuters/Nicholas Kamm/Pool)

Secretary of State John Kerry said his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had agreed on the need to discuss how to implement a cease-fire in Syria during a call between the two men on Thursday.

Speaking at the start of a Syrian donor conference in London, Kerry said he had spoken to the Russian foreign minister who also agreed on the need to find a way to get humanitarian access for both parties.

“I had a conversation this morning with Foreign Minister Lavrov. We discussed, and he agreed that we need to discuss, how to implement the cease-fire and also how to get [humanitarian] access by both parties,” Kerry told reporters.

Kerry also said Russia had a responsibility to live up to the United Nations commitment to provide humanitarian access and cease attacks on Syrian civilians.