Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have had a telephone conversation initiated by the U.S., the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on May 23.
"The conversation was focused on the situation surrounding Syria, including Russia's proposals on conducting joint operations against terrorist groups and other illegal armed units acting in this country, which have not signed up for the cessation of hostilities, and also on preventing the transfer of militants and weapons across the Turkish border," the ministry said.
"Sergei Lavrov once again pointed to the need to fulfill Washington's promise on separating Syrian opposition units oriented toward the U.S. from terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra [banned in Russia], to which the cessation does not apply," it said.
Lavrov and Kerry also discussed opportunities for stepping up the international community's efforts to promote the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
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