BERLIN, April 26 German Foreign Minister
Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday welcomed an offer of support
from his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to help efforts to
free Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
monitors held in eastern Ukraine.
Steinmeier told reporters that Lavrov had offered his
backing during a telephone call earlier in the day.
"I very much welcome the fact that all three promised their
help," said Steinmeier, adding he had spoken to Lavrov,
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk and Switzerland's
Didier Burkhalter, who currently chairs the OSCE.
Steinmeier said he had sought help from all three.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Madeline Chambers)