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4-way talks on Ukraine call for diplomatic solution

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The four parties will continue talks, the Russian top diplomat said at a press conference. The talks were held among Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

4-way talks on Ukraine call for diplomatic solution

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on Thursday adopted a joint statement aiming for a diplomatic solution over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The four parties will continue talks, the Russian top diplomat said at a press conference. The talks were held among Lavrov, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia, and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

Russia's Lavrov announces deal to "de-escalate tensions" in Ukraine

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday announced a deal had been reached with Ukraine, the United States and the European Union to "de-escalate" dangerously high tensions in the former Soviet republic. "We adopted a document, the Geneva statement of April 17, where we agreed on immediate initial steps to de-escalate tensions," Lavrov told reporters after half a day of talks in Geneva.

Russia's top diplomat to discuss Ukraine in China visit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing next week and will discuss with him the situation in Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry said Sunday. Lavrov will visit China on Tuesday, ahead of four-way talks between diplomats from the European Union, United States, Ukraine and Russia planned in Geneva on Thursday. Those talks are now in doubt amid violent clashes between supporters of Kiev and pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Turkey rejects Russian claims over US ships in Black Sea

Turkey on Saturday dismissed as "out of the question" claims from Russia that it had allowed US warships to stay longer in the Black Sea than permitted under international law. Russia has complained that US warships have remained in the Black Sea longer than the 21 days allowed by an international treaty, amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and the West. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that US vessels had "a couple of times" stayed longer than 21 days, contravening the 1936 Montreux Convention.

Four-way Ukraine talks in Geneva on April 17

Four-way talks on the crisis in Ukraine between the United States, EU, Russia and Ukrainian government will be held in Geneva on April 17, a US official confirmed Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend to "continue efforts to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and find a diplomatic path forward," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "The United States is committed to mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine, and helping the Ukrainian people build the stable, democratic and prosperous country," she added in a statement.

Four-way Ukraine talks in Geneva on April 17

Four-way talks on the crisis in Ukraine between the United States, EU, Russia and Ukrainian government will be held in Geneva on April 17, a US official confirmed Friday. US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend to "continue efforts to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine and find a diplomatic path forward," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "The United States is committed to mobilizing the international community in support of Ukraine, and helping the Ukrainian people build the stable, democratic and prosperous country," she added in a statement.

Russia's Lavrov, EU's Ashton discuss Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Tuesday discussed possible international efforts to find a solution to the Ukraine crisis, the Russian ministry said in a statement. In a telephone conversation initiated by Ashton, Lavrov reaffirmed Russia's proposal for "an authentic Ukraine-wide dialogue involving all political forces and regions" aimed at reaching agreement on constitutional reforms, it said.

Russia's Lavrov dismisses U.S. criticism over Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday dismissed U.S. accusations that Moscow was destabilizing Ukraine and said the situation could improve only if the interests of Russian speakers are taken into account. Speaking at a joint news conference in Moscow with Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti, Lavrov reiterated Moscow's call for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to guarantee the rights of Russian speakers there. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

Kerry warns Lavrov Russia faces 'costs' if it further destabilizes Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday that Washington was watching events in eastern Ukraine with great concern and any moves by Moscow to destabilize Ukraine would "incur further costs for Russia." State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that in the telephone call Kerry "called on Russia to publicly disavow the activities of separatists, saboteurs and provocateurs" in Ukraine.
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