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Russia says yes to talks on Ukraine crisis but wants eastern region on board

Published on Apr 8, 2014 7:09 PM
 
The flag of the so-called Donetsk Federative Republic waves above a barricade and a crowd gathered in front of the Donetsk regional administration building, held by pro-Russian militants, on April 8, 2014. Moscow said on Tuesday it was ready to take part in talks with Brussels and Washington over the future of Ukraine but insisted the ex-Soviet country's Russian-speaking east and south be represented in the negotiations. --  PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Moscow said on Tuesday it was ready to take part in talks with Brussels and Washington over the future of Ukraine but insisted the ex-Soviet country's Russian-speaking east and south be represented in the negotiations.

"Indeed we are ready to consider a multi-party format in which the Europeans, the United States, Russia and the Ukrainian sides are represented," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

"We are in favour of Ukraine's south and east being represented in such talks."

Russia's top diplomat suggested that some of the candidates set to run in May 25 snap presidential elections and representing Ukraine's pro-Moscow east and south could take part in the talks.

 
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