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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with Syrian opposition representatives in Moscow, Russia January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The phone call between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday was a display of mutual respect between the two men, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

In the call, their first conversation since Trump's inauguration, Putin and Trump agreed to try to rebuild U.S. Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria.

Trump has said he wants a rapprochement with Moscow if he can get along with Putin, who says he is also keen to mend ties.

(Reporting by Polina Devitt; Writing by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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