German and Russian foreign ministers to discuss Ukraine in Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet his German counterpart in Moscow next week for talks on the escalating conflict in Ukraine, Moscow said Thursday.

Moscow: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is to meet his German counterpart in Moscow next week for talks on the escalating conflict in Ukraine, Moscow said Thursday.

"On November 18 we are expecting a visit from German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier," Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said at a televised briefing.

"The exchange of opinions on the situation in Ukraine will be continued," Lukashevich said.

Steinmeier warned on Wednesday that there were signs that pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine were preparing for major clashes with troops loyal to the pro-Western government.

He has called on Russia to respect "the unity of Ukraine."
 

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