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Russia FM: Cease-fire agreement must be preserved

  • Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth is escorted to the podium to address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth is escorted to the podium to address the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

  • Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)  (The Associated Press)

Russia's foreign minister says it is essential "to prevent the destruction" of the U.S-Russia cease-fire agreement for Syria.

Sergey Lavrov told the U.N. General Assembly on Friday that it was vital to support U.N. resolutions calling for an end to the fighting in Syria and for a political settlement.

Lavrov said there must be "an unbiased and impartial investigation" of airstrikes that killed Syrian soldiers in Deir el-Zour and bombings in and around the northern city of Aleppo.

Lavrov said the Syria conflict cannot be resolved "without the suppression" of the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked fighters.