Russia says agrees with U.S. to use their influence to stop Ukraine hostilities

MOSCOW, July 19 Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:20am EDT

MOSCOW, July 19 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry agreed on Saturday that both countries will use their influence on the two sides of the Ukraine conflict to end hostilities, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The parties also agreed that all evidence from the downed Malaysian airplane, including flight recorders, should be made available for international investigation and that experts should be given access to work on the site.

"It was stressed that the conflict in Ukraine has no military solution and can only be resolved peacefully through the elaboration of a national consensus," the ministry said of the telephone call between Kerry and Lavrov. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)