June 29th, 2012
04:19 AM ET

Clinton, Russian foreign minister to meet on Syrian crisis

Explosions rocked the Syrian capital Friday morning, opposition activists said, hours before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets her Russian counterpart to raise pressure on the crisis in the Middle East nation.

Clinton meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in St. Petersburg amid their nations' deep divisions over Syria.

The meeting is expected to include talks on Russian arm sales to Syria, the State Department said.

U.S. officials have advocated a political transition plan in Syria, but Russia opposes the idea of foreign intervention in the violence-hit nation.

After the meeting, Clinton will attend an emergency gathering led by international envoy to Syria, Kofi Annan, in Geneva on Saturday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he hopes the meeting marks a "turning point" in diplomatic efforts.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Rascal Rabble

    awl...hilary has a date...

    June 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    " rebels get more violent as they start getting more arms" news.
    With Russia frowning, Hilary's 'date' doesn't look too promising @ Rascal Rabble.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you'rrr just jealous...sergey plays the guitar and writes poetry...

      June 30, 2012 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Hillary- surely you know that Russia isn't our friend and can't be trusted.

    June 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      yes they are our friend and can be trusted...just stay away from the radioactive soups and drinks...russia is a big teddy bear who luvs to hibernate...once they get about the business things will get done properly...

      June 29, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you ain't nothin butta hound dog...stop ya meddlin' and mine jabusiness...

      June 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |