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    Lavrov, Kerry Note Importance of Ukraine Ceasefire Agreement: US State Department

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a bilateral meeting, discussing the importance of the Ukraine ceasefire agreement, according to the US State Department.

    WASHINGTON, September 25 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a bilateral meeting, discussing the importance of the Ukraine ceasefire agreement, according to the US State Department.

    “In a 40 minute meeting this evening, Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Ukraine and the importance of full and prompt implementation of all aspects of the 12 point Minsk ceasefire agreement,” a statement released by the US State Department late Wednesday said.

    “They also discussed the fight against ISIL [or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State, or IS, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS], and our respective approaches to Iraq and Syria,” the statement added.

    According to the statement, Lavrov and Kerry “also compared notes on the P5+1 talks with Iran.”

    The Minsk agreement was signed on September 5 by the Contact Group on Ukraine. It stipulated a ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence fighters in Ukraine’s southeastern regions, an “all-for-all” prisoner exchange and the opening of humanitarian corridors.

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