Russia and Ukraine to discuss peace

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Published: Saturday 7th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Talks on a Ukraine peace initiative will continue with a telephone call tomorrow between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his counterpart in Kiev to discuss a proposal to end the fighting.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande will also take part in the four-way telephone negotiations, as they try to halt the spiralling conflict,

Their talks with Mr Putin ended early today, and the planned discussions tomorrow involving Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko suggested a ceasefire proposal was still on the table, although there was no firm announcement of progress.

Even getting the arms to fall silent would be a significant diplomatic breakthrough.

The resurgent fighting has fuelled fears the conflict is threatening Europe’s overall security and has prompted the US to consider giving lethal weapons to Ukraine, an option opposed by European nations.

Published: Saturday 7th February 2015 by The News Editor

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