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Lavrov hopes new Ukraine FM will boost diplomatic ties with Russia

June 20, 2014, 16:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin discussed measures to settle the situation in Ukraine, including in the context of the April 17 Geneva statement
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

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MOSCOW, June 20. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Serge Lavrov said he hopes his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin will promote constructive cooperation between the foreign ministries of Russia and Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after a telephone conversation between the ministers on Friday.

“To continue a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin had phone talks,” the Russian diplomatic agency stated.

“Russia noted the importance of soonest conflict deescalation, lowering tensions and ensuring security of all Ukrainian citizens, and the start of a broad all-Ukraine dialogue,” the ministry noted.

The two ministers “discussed measures to settle the situation in Ukraine, including in the context of the April 17 Geneva statement.” 

Negotiators agreed in telephone talks “to take effort to support Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s peaceful plan, particularly with an emphasis on effective control of Ukrainian border,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

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