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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday confirmed plans to pay a visit to the Russian city of Ekaterinburg next week and a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – According to earlier media reports, Steinmeier was set to visit Ekaterinburg on August 14-15.

    “I do plan to go to Yekaterinburg next week, where I will read a lecture at the Boris Yeltsin University and hold a discussion with students. Of course, I will use this opportunity to meet with the Russian foreign minister. We have plenty of topics to discuss,” Steinmeier told the Stuttgarter Nachrichten newspaper.

    According to the minister, Germany maintains regular communications with Russia.

    “Without Russia, neither Ukraine nor Syria will see peace,” Steinmeier added.

    Lavrov and Steinmeier last met in May at the Normandy Quartet foreign ministers meeting in Berlin.

    On Tuesday, the two ministers had a phone conversation during which they exchanged positions on the crises in Ukraine and Syria.

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