Russia's foreign minister discussed proposals for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine with his French and German counterparts on Thursday, underlining the need to build on momentum in Kiev to end the conflict.

Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius both "voiced hope" a ceasefire proposed by President Vladimir Putin would help bring the sides together at talks in Minsk on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said Lavrov and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier had "stressed the importance of avoiding any action that could undermine the positive trend."

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