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UNITED NATIONS, September 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday to discuss the internal political crisis in Ukraine and the growing terrorist threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Foreign Ministry said.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly now underway in New York.
Lavov and Ban “discussed the situation in Ukraine in the context of the internal political crisis in that country and stated that there was no alternative to a political and diplomatic solution”, the ministry said.
Lavrov stressed the need for unconditional compliance with the agreements reached by the trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on September 5.
“The ultimate result of this process should be the soonest possible beginning of a comprehensive intra-Ukrainian dialogue in order to normalise the situation, including the humanitarian one,” the ministry said.
“The U.N. Secretary-General reiterated the Organisation’s readiness to facilitate the crisis resolution in Ukraine,” it said.
Lavrov and Ban discussed the growing terrorism threat from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. “The minister called for consolidated international efforts against terrorism on a common political platform free of double standards and without dividing the terrorists into ‘good and bad’ ones,” the ministry said.
Lavrov and Ban also discussed the six-party talks on Iraq and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.