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Russia says ready for dialogue with Ukraine's Poroshenko

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news a conference after a meeting with his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak in Moscow, May 19, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW: Russia said on Monday it was ready for dialogue with Petro Poroshenko, who is on course to become Ukraine's president, but warned the Kiev authorities not to step up armed operations against separatists in the east.

Echoing remarks by President Vladimir Putin in the past few days, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said genuine dialogue between Kiev and the east - where pro-Russian separatists have rebelled against the national leadership - was the key to resolving Ukraine's crisis.

 

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