- Title: Russia' Lavrov says it's vital to help formation of inclusive Afghan government
- Date: 27th August 2021
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (AUGUST 27, 2021) (REUTERS) LAVROV AND DI MAIO WALKING IN NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "Afghanistan, for obvious reasons, has taken a significant place in our discussions. We join in condemning terrorist acts and we offer our condolences to the families of the victims. And of course, we see this as an additional need to accelerate the assistance of Afghans in the formation of an inclusive transitional government with the participation of all major political forces in this country without further delay." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "My colleague raised the issue of Navalny. I once again advise and invite everyone who is sincerely interested in this issue to familiarize themselves with the transcript of the meeting of the Bundestag when the German government answered specific questions from the deputies regarding the situation with the so-called poisoning of this person. I do not feel the slightest doubt that any reasonable person who has read these texts will make very important conclusions that the overwhelming part of this problem is hidden for some reason. We would also very much like to understand this." LAVROV AND DI MAIO LEAVING
- Embargoed: 10th September 2021 13:26
- Keywords: Afghanistan Di Maio Foreign Policy Italy Lavrov Russia
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001ES220CN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Friday (August 27) for faster efforts to form an inclusive government in Afghanistan following an attack at Kabul airport.
Speaking after a meeting with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, Lavrov said the Afghan topic was a major topic of the discussion between the ministers.
Lavrov also touched on the subject of poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, who is currently serving a term in the Russian jail for parole violations he said were fabricated. The Russian minister said Germany concealed part of the information regarding the incident.
Navalny was arrested in January when he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning attack he blamed on Putin.
The Kremlin has said several times it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.
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