Merkel and Lavrov discuss Ukraine and Syria in Berlin

Merkel and Lavrov discuss Ukraine and Syria in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin to discuss Syria, the situation in the Middle East and the conflict in Ukraine, Germany’s deputy government spokeswoman said.

The meeting, agreed last week by Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin, was also attended by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the head of Russia’s military general staff Valery Gerasimov, the spokeswoman added.

The government added that "the situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, was at the center of the discussion. The conflict in eastern Ukraine was also addressed," the News York Times reported.

The meeting came after Lavrov and Gerasimov met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Monday, also to discuss Syria.

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