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Russia rules out new talks on Ukraine without rebels

In this photo taken on Sunday, May 11, 2014, a woman puts flowers outside a police station where a few people were killed during fighting between government forces and insurgents on Friday, May 9 in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday there were no new international talks planned for now on Ukraine and that progress in de-escalating the crisis was possible only if the rival sides in Ukraine held direct talks.

Lavrov, speaking at a joint news conference with Uganda's foreign minister in Moscow, also reiterated the Kremlin's position that Russia respected the outcome of the self-rule referendum held on Sunday in Ukraine's east.

 

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