August 30, 2017 / 7:53 PM / 10 months ago

Russia's Lavrov urges U.S. to show restraint over North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the United States on Wednesday to refrain from any military actions on the Korean peninsula that would be “fraught with unpredictable consequences”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Bolivian counterpart Fernando Huanacuni Mamani in Moscow, Russia August 16, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov said Russia also believed that any further increase of sanctions pressure on North Korea would be counter-productive, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in statement.

Lavrov and Tillerson also discussed Syria and the Gulf, the statement said.

Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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