Lavrov and Maas to discuss Ukraine and Syria

Lavrov and Maas to discuss Ukraine and Syria

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas plans to discuss Ukraine, Syria and arms control with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during a visit to Moscow, German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Adebahr said at a press briefing in Berlin.

"Foreign Minister Maas is travelling to Moscow on Wednesday, where in the evening he will hold political talks with Russia’s top diplomat Sergey Lavrov. The aim of the visit is to discuss bilateral relations as well as global political issues and exchange views," she said, adding that they will discuss Ukraine, Syria and the future of arms control among other issues.

"Dialogue with Russia on all these issues continues to be important for us. Deepening it is also the purpose of this visit," TASS cited Adebahr as saying.

Maas will stay in Moscow until August 22. He plans to meet with civil society members and youth on that day.

Lavrov and Maas last met on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg Dialogue, a bilateral (Russian-German) civil society forum, in Bonn last month.