Russia's Lavrov discusses Ukraine peace plans with French, German ministers

by Reuters
Thursday, 4 September 2014 15:29 GMT

MOSCOW, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Russia's foreign minister discussed proposals for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine with his French and German counterparts on Thursday, underlining the need to build on momentum in Kiev and among the pro-Russian rebels to end the conflict.

Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius both "voiced hope" a ceasefire proposed by President Vladimir Putin would help bring the sides together at talks in Minsk on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said Lavrov and Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier had "stressed the importance of avoiding any action that could undermine the positive trend." (Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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