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Tue Jan 31, 2012, 07:04 PM

Lavrov Avoids Clinton's Calls on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday he was amazed by the hullabaloo over his failure to discuss a UN Syria resolution with US State Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Clinton tried to reach Lavrov by telephone for about 24 hours but he was "apparently unavailable" while on visit to Australia, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

Lavrov said he was busy negotiating with his Australian partners, adding that he and Clinton would talk later.

“We will talk as soon as there is an opportunity. Although it is ineffective to discuss an important problem such as the situation in Syria from another end of the world, there are UN ambassadors for that.”

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