US Senate passes bill toughening anti-Russia sanctionsWorld July 28, 3:10
Russia, China round up joint naval exercise in Baltic SeaMilitary & Defense July 27, 21:27
Chechen leader says he is ready to quit his job to protect al-Aqsa Mosque in JerusalemSociety & Culture July 27, 21:07
Russian tennis star Sharapova granted wildcard for WTA tournament in CincinnatiSport July 27, 20:11
Russia invites Baltic partners to attend naval review in St. PetersburgMilitary & Defense July 27, 19:38
Russia’s new ambassador to Turkey presents his credentials to ErdoganRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 19:03
Deadly wildfires in southern EuropeWorld July 27, 18:20
Russia interested in cooperation with Finland on Arctic environmentBusiness & Economy July 27, 18:14
New US anti-Russia sanctions way to pursue its economic interests with cynicism — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 18:11
MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the crisis in Ukraine in a phone call on Monday as well as developments in the Middle East and North Africa and prospects for resolving Iran’s nuclear problem, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Speaking about Ukraine, the two foreign ministers noted the necessity for all sides to implement ceasefire agreements signed in Minsk, Belarus, in February and supported plans to convene a meeting between representatives of working subgroups formed as part of the Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis, the ministry said, adding that the meeting was expected "to establish sustainable direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Luhansk".
Lavrov and Kerry "emphasized the need for more efforts to stop ceasefire violations, particularly shelling of settlements", the statement said.
The foreign ministers also considered "the situation around Syria, prospects for settling the conflicts in Yemen and Libya as well as the progress of negotiations to reach a final deal over Iran's nuclear program and other pressing topics, including issues affecting strategic stability", it said.
The ministry said the call was initiated by the United States.