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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Foreign Office in London, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on Russia to use its "unique ability" to stop the Syrian conflict by convincing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to put an end to five-years of fighting which have ravaged the country.

"Russia in particular has a unique ability to persuade the Assad regime to end the carnage and return to the negotiating table," Johnson said at a news conference on Tuesday with visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Johnson called the current Syrian situation "dire" and said the country faced a "terrible humanitarian catastrophe".

(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)

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