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Lavrov, Kerry hail start of ceasefire in Syria

February 27, 20:25 UTC+3
The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution in support to ceasefire in Syria starting from midnight on February 27 Damascus time
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MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the start of ceasefire in Syria in the phone talk on Saturday held at the U.S. request. Also, Lavrov and Kerry discussed prospects for resumption of the intra-Syrian talks and drafting of the UN Security Councils’ resolution on North Korea, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.

"The foreign ministers hailed the start of the cessation of hostilities in Syria and proceeded with discussions about modalities for its full implementation, including a more intensified coordination between defense agencies of Russia and the United States on a systematic basis," the ministry said.

"Prospects for resumption of an intra-Syrian negotiating process seeking to find a political solution to the conflict with the assistance of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) have been the focus of the talks as well," it said.

The foreign ministers "especially substantiated the importance of close cooperation in these issues between Russia and the United States as the ISSG co-chairs," the ministry said.

Along with this, North Korea was the focus of the phone conversation.

Lavrov and Kerry "discussed preparations for working out UN Security Council's new resolution in response to Pyongyang's nuclear missile activities violating the UN Security Council's valid decisions," the ministry said.

"Lavrov pointed out that the international community's reaction should be firm and aimed at cutting off the channels supplying North Korea's nuclear missile programs but apart from that should take into consideration the current difficult humanitarian situation in that country and so should not inflict any damage on foreign partners' legitimate ties with it (North Korea) in civilian sectors of the economy," it said.

Besides, Lavrov and Kerry spoke about certain issues on the bilateral agenda, the Russian foreign ministry said.

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