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Poland, France, Germany call for Ukraine conference

Published on Apr 1, 2014 3:01 AM

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany, France and Poland called on Monday for an international conference to be held on Ukraine and urged Russia to take part.

The three countries' foreign ministers suggested it should be held after Ukraine holds presidential elections in May.

Moscow and the West are at odds over Russia's annexation of the Crimea region in March, which followed the overthrow of Ukraine's pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych amid a national dispute over whether the former Soviet republic should align with Europe or Russia.

"In order to send a strong signal of support, consolidate international support efforts and discuss necessary reforms, we suggest to hold a conference on gathering international support, including technical assistance for Ukraine after the presidential elections," the minsiters said in a statement after meeting in Germany.

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