Russian, British foreign ministers discuss possible rapprochement

August 11, 2016 6:55 AM EDT

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov arrives at the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Vientiane, Laos July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his British counterpart Boris Johnson spoke by phone on Thursday and discussed a possible normalization of bilateral ties, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"Both sides expressed hope for a normalization in Russian-British ties and underscored the desire to step up political dialogue," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministers also discussed the fight against terrorism and Syria.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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