In a telephone conversation with the United States Secretary of State John Kerry Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed to the need for a consolidated response to terrorists who have seized a significant portion of Syrian territory.
"Sergei Lavrov has reiterated the need for a consolidated response to terrorist groups which have seized a significant portion of Syrian territory and which threaten international security; the bulk of the burden of fighting them is borne by the regular Syrian army," the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its website.
"The conversation centered around the problem of the Syrian conflict resolution, the path to which lies through a dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition under the June 20, 2012 Geneva Communique," the ministry said.
Lavrov and Kerry also discussed "several other issues concerning the international agenda and the Russian-U.S. relationship," it said.
The telephone conversation was held on Wednesday at the U.S. request.
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