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    French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (Rear), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (Rear L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Front) are pictured before a joint meeting on the situation in Ukraine with their Ukrainian counterpart at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris on March 3, 2016

    Lavrov Discusses Ukraine, Middle East With French, German Counterparts

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    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has discussed settling the political crisis in Libya with his French and German counterparts, the Russian Foreign Minister said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault have discussed settling the political crisis in Libya, the Russian Foreign Minister said Friday.

    "The issues of overcoming the Libyan crisis were discussed in the context of the French chairmanship in the UN Security Council. Lavrov has confirmed Russia's readiness to actively facilitate intra-Libyan settlement, stressing that it must be based on the Schirat political agreement with the involvement all of the country's leading political forces," the ministry said in a statement after Lavrov's phone conversation with Ayrault.

    Lavrov also has a phone conversation with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, discussing the situation in the Middle East and Ukraine.

    "The ministers discussed a range of relevant topics, including issues of settling the crises in Syria, Libya and Ukraine," the statement said.

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