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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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GENEVA (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone on Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the two men will hold talks in Geneva on Friday, a Russian diplomat told Reuters.

Earlier, a U.S. official said that Kerry will meet with Lavrov in Geneva on Aug. 26 to discuss the conflict in Syria and the Ukraine crisis.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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