Russia said it is ready to take practical steps to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine in line with a cease-fire plan outlined by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russia hopes the plan will be heeded in Ukraine and in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.
He said Russia is ready to take practical steps toward de-escalation together with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
The foreign minister made his remarks at a meeting Thursday with OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President Ilkka Kanerva.
Luhansk and Donetsk are both controlled by pro-Russian rebels seeking autonomy from Ukrainian rule.