January 24, 2018 / 1:41 PM / a year ago

Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov discuss Syria, North Korea, Ukraine - State Department

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York, U.S., January 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov discussed the ongoing crises in Syria, North Korea and Ukraine in a call on Wednesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

“On Syria, the two discussed Russia’s role in ensuring the Assad regime plays a constructive role in the UN-led Geneva process,” Nauert said in statement. Tillerson also pressed “all parties” to implement UN-led action on North Korea and called for an end to escalating violence in Ukraine, she added.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Katanga JohnsonEditing by Chizu Nomiyama

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