January 4, 2020 / 1:57 PM / 15 days ago

Russia's Lavrov, Iran's Zarif discuss Soleimani killing - statement

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a news conference following a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (not pictured) in Moscow, Russia, December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif over the phone on Friday to discuss the killing of Iran’s military chief Qassem Soleimani, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Lavrov expressed his condolences over the killing,” the statement said. “The ministers stressed that such actions by the United States grossly violate the norms of international law.”

Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Toby Chopra

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