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Lavrov, Johnson hope for better UKRussia ties in first talks: Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his British counterpart Boris Johnson Thursday pledged to improve battered ties between the two nations in their first phone talks, Moscow said.

During the call initiated by London, Russia's veteran top diplomat Lavrov congratulated gaffe-prone Johnson on his surprise appointment as Britain's foreign minister last month.

"Both sides expressed hope for the normalization of Russian-British ties," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"The intent to increase political dialogue was underlined despite the remaining problems in bilateral relations, in order to realise their considerable potential in areas such as the economy, humanitarian ties and foreign policy cooperation," the statement said, adding that the two also discussed the conflict in Syria.

The talks came after new British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first phone call with President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, pledging to hold a meeting in the near future in a bid to improve ties.

Source: National News Agency