Lavrov and Kerry back creation of subgroups within Ukraine Contact Group

In a recent phone call, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed problems surrounding efforts to resolve the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.

 In a recent phone call, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed problems surrounding efforts to resolve the conflict in the south-east of Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.

"The ministers expressed their support for the formation of four working subgroups within the Contact Group, as well as the earliest possible start of their practical work to ensure the sides' unwavering commitment to all points of the February 12 Minsk agreements, including the ceasefire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the implementation of constitutional reform in Ukraine and measures to resolve humanitarian and economic problems," it said.

Lavrov, for his part, reiterated the need for Kiev to establish a sustainable and direct dialogue with Donetsk and Luhansk to discuss all of these matters, the ministry said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed issues concerning relations between their countries over the phone.

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