- Title: Kerry attends his last NATO meeting in Brussels
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (AGENCY POOL) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AND NATO SECRETARY GENERAL JENS STOLTENBERG SHAKING HANDS AND LEAVING KERRY, STOLTENBERG AND OTHER OFFICIALS TAKING SEAT/STOLTENBERG WELCOMING KERRY UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AND TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU WALKING TO MEETING ROOM KERRY AND CAVUSOGLU SHAKING HANDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPORTER (OFF-CAMERA), ASKING: "MR. SECRETARY, A QUICK QUESTION ON SYRIA, PLEASE. WHAT DID YOU RESPOND TO SERGEY LAVROV WHO HAS BEEN ACCUSING THE U.S. OF REFUSING TO MEET IN GENEVA REGARDING A NEW PLAN FOR ALEPPO?" U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "I am not aware of any specific refusal or what the new plan is but will figure it out after the meeting, I do not know what ... (unintelligible)." KERRY SITTING DOWN, OFFICIALS AT THE TABLE
- Embargoed: 21st December 2016 16:40
- Keywords: NATO Kerry U.S. Turkey foreign ministers secretary general Stoltenberg Cavusoglu
- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- City: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BQZDC7
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- Story Text:United States Secretary of State John Kerry attended his last ministerial NATO meeting on Tuesday (December 6) in Brussels as part of his farewell Europe tour.
Kerry held meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu at the start of the two-day session of the alliance.
Asked by a reporter whether the U.S. refused to attend Syria talks in Geneva later this week, Kerry said he was not aware of "any specific refusal" or details of any new plan.
Sources familiar with the Syria talks plans said on Tuesday U.S. and Russian officials will not hold Syria talks in Geneva, despite an announcement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that they would.
Lavrov said on Monday (December 5) that Moscow would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from the Syrian city of Aleppo as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from besieged rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat.
The sources, who declined to be identified, said they could not rule out a possibility that U.S. and Russian officials might meet elsewhere later in the week.
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