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Ukraine crisis: Lavrov agrees with Kerry that February 21 accord should be upheld

Published on Mar 6, 2014 3:03 AM

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that he and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed that Ukraine should uphold a deal signed two weeks ago between now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition.

"We agreed that it is necessary to help Ukrainians, all Ukrainians to fulfil the agreements that were reached February 21," Mr Lavrov said at a televised briefing after talks with Mr Kerry in Paris.

In a brief statement, Mr Lavrov said that he and Mr Kerry were about to go to the French foreign ministry to meet the French, Polish and German foreign ministers who countersigned the February 21 agreement.

The accord in question granted major concessions to the opposition, which are now in power in Kiev, including early elections and the formation of a new unity government.

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