German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss Syria and Ukraine during a meeting in Berlin on Friday, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

“Syria, of course, will be one of the topics, the endeavor to find a diplomatic solution, and Ukraine will be discussed,” the spokeswoman told a news conference.

The head of the German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Maas, stated after negotiations that he had “restrained optimism” regarding the introduction of a UN peacekeeping mission into the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

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