The current situation in Donbas and implementation of Minsk agreements were the central topics of discussion between Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. This was mentioned on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The two officials insisted it was essential to continue peace talks in the Minsk and Normandy formats.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday asked his Russian counterpart to reduce the levels of violence in eastern Ukraine, where Russian troops have intervened on the side of separatist militias in their ongoing clash with the Ukrainian government, The Politico reported.
“Underscoring the U.S. concern with the rising violence in eastern Ukraine, the secretary requested that Russia return its representatives to the Joint Center on Coordination and Control and lower the level of violence,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement emailed to reporters Wednesday.