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Kerry, Lavrov hold talks as Russia vows no Ukraine invasion

Published on Mar 30, 2014 12:22 PM
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry at an earlier meeting in London on March 14, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will hold impromptu talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris on Sunday, after Russia pledged not to invade mainland Ukraine following its seizure of Crimea.

The meeting in France comes amid heightened diplomatic efforts to resolving the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Tensions have run high since Moscow's lightning takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, with the United States accusing Russia of massing tens of thousands of troops on Ukraine's eastern border.

But signs of progress have recently appeared, with Russian President Vladimir Putin calling his US counterpart Barack Obama on Friday to discuss a US proposal for a diplomatic end to the standoff.

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