"In the context of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, the consistent implementation of the Minsk agreements is paramount, as is the convening of a contact group for this purpose as early as possible,” the two said in a joint statement released after they had a meeting in Rome on Sunday  

The Russian foreign minister also said that "any attempt to put pressure on Russia has no chance to success," according to a report on  the meeting on the Facebook page of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kerry and Lavrov also discussed the Syrian civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the meeting.