Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Moscow on April 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Friday for legal guarantees of Ukraine's neutrality, underlining Moscow's determination to keep the neighboring former Soviet republic out of NATO.Lavrov said Moscow was ready for four-party talks next week with the United States, the European Union and representatives of Ukraine and suggested Ukraine's gas debt to Moscow should be on the agenda, Russia news agencies reported.NATO is concerned over what it says is a Russian military buildup near Ukraine's border following Moscow's annexation of its Crimea region last month, which turned tension over turmoil in Ukraine into the biggest East-West crisis since the Cold War.
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