US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia that it must not intervene in Ukraine under the "pretext of peacekeeping", his department said.
The statement follows Russia's version of the call, in which its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was said to have called for urgent measures to avert a "humanitarian catastrophe" in the east of the country.
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Former Chancellor Lord Geoffrey Howe was Margaret Thatcher's longest-serving Cabinet minister, also taking on the role of Foreign Secretary.
Lord Geoffrey Howe is known by many for his resignation speech which was seen as the catalyst which destroyed Margaret Thatcher.