Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 17, 2012

Question: Can you please provide a readout of Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns’ February 16 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Vienna?

Answer: Deputy Secretary Burns and Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed bilateral and regional issues, including Syria, the Middle East and Iran. On Syria, Deputy Secretary Burns stressed the urgency of a cessation of violence coupled with a political transition that responds to the aspirations of the Syrian people.

PRN: 2012/241