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Russia supports ceasefire in Ukraine - Lavrov

MOSCOW, June 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed the situation in Ukraine in the context of a peace plan, unveiled by Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko on June 20.

In a telephone conversation with Kerry on Sunday, Lavrov said Russian President Vladimir Putin had given an assessment to the peace plan.

“Russia always supported ceasefire. This is only the first step. The key task is to start a dialogue without ultimatums. It is necessary to take into account the interests of those who really control the situation in Ukraine’s southeast,” the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

Lavrov said Kiev, finally, must take a constructive position on the price for Russian gas.

Lavrov and Kerry also discussed the situation in Iraq that had aggravated due to the attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant terrorist group.

They confirmed the commitment to stepping up efforts aimed at countering growing terrorism.