Britain says it needs constructive dialogue with Russia despite differences

August 11, 2016 11:43 AM EDT

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson gives his remarks during a stake-out at United Nations headquarters in New York U.S., July 22, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday that the two countries needed to build a constructive relationship despite their significant differences.

"The Foreign Secretary made clear that while we have some significant differences with Russia, we need to continue to build a constructive dialogue on issues of mutual concern as well as on points of disagreement," a Foreign Office statement said after the two men spoke by telephone.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Johnson and Lavrov had discussed a possible normalization of bilateral ties.

(Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)

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