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Despite Ukraine crisis, Russian diplomacy will continue

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov urges President Vladimir Putin to continue talks on resolving the standoff with Western powers over Ukraine.

Russia has said it will continue diplomatic talks with the West to try to defuse a security crisis in which it has massed a huge force within striking distance of Ukraine. In a televised exchange between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday, the latter said “there is always a chance” to reach an agreement with the West over Ukraine. He told Putin that exchanges with leaders in European capitals and Washington showed enough of an opening for progress on Russia’s goals to be worth pursuing. “I would suggest continuing,” Lavrov said in televised remarks. “Fine,” Putin replied. Lavrov told Putin the United States had put forward concrete proposals on reducing military risks, but that responses from…

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