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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met his Russian counterpart to discuss the "unacceptable" attack on an aid convoy in Syria.
Mr Johnson met Sergei Lavrov while the pair were in New York for the UN General Assembly.
A spokesperson for Mr Johnson said: "The ministers discussed the crisis in Syria and the increase in violence in recent days, including the recent unacceptable attack on an aid convoy.
"The Foreign Secretary pressed for Russia to use its influence constructively and underlined the need for the international community to work together to resolve the conflict.
"The Foreign Secretary was clear that while ongoing disagreements mean it is too early to normalise diplomatic relations, it is right that both countries continue to discuss important global issues."
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has welcomed the Syrian ceasefire agreement and said the UK is ready to help make it work.
The former mayor of London made a telephone call to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in which the pair also agreed to meet on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he expects the leaders of Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France to take "important decisions" when they to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis, Interfax news agency reported.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are due to meet in Minsk on Wednesday.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there were reasons for optimism on a Ukraine peace deal but also blamed the US and Europe for inflaming the crisis.
"We believe that there are good grounds for optimism, to issue recommendations for conflict resolution," Lavrov said during a debate at the Munich security conference.
He also pointed to growing calls in the West to "pump Ukraine full of lethal weapons."
"This position will only exacerbate the tragedy of Ukraine," he added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is being observed "in general" but "there are incidents when the sides blame each other".
He told a news conference today that Moscow hopes talks will soon start on the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
However, he raised concerns over the "heavy concentration" of Ukrainian troops in parts of eastern Ukraine.
Moscow has accused Washington of backing what it called the "party of war" in Kiev and said it was counting on a response from the leadership in Ukraine and rebels in its east to a Russian ceasefire plan.
The surge in anti-Russian rhetoric that we have seen exactly when there is a very active effort to seek a political solution shows that the party of war in Kiev has active external support, in this case from the United States