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Lavrov says no US-Russia deal, 'constructive' talks to continue

Published on Mar 31, 2014 6:40 AM

PARIS (AFP) - The United States (US) and Russia failed on Sunday to reach a deal on Ukraine but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks here with US Secretary of State John Kerry had been "constructive" and would continue.

After four hours of discussions, Mr Lavrov said the two parties had presented their plans for a de-escalation of the crisis but did not agree on what had caused it.

He reiterated Russia's belief that federalism in Ukraine would be key to finding a solution.

"We expressed divergent positions on the reasons for the Ukraine crisis," Mr Lavrov said.

United States Secretary of State John Kerry (left) walks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Russian Ambassador's residence in Paris on March 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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