Saturday, August 23, 2014   

Ukraine adopts softer tone towards Russia
(03-05 18:35)

Ukraine's interim government and France played down the prospect of a conflict with Russia ahead of potentially crucial talks on the Crimea crisis in Paris.
“We want to keep good dialogue, good relations with the Russian people,'' Ukraine's interim Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said after meeting his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Paris.
“We want to settle this conflict peacefully. We don't want to fight with Russia.''
Fabius added: “The position of France, which is shared by Germany and others, is to be very firm with Mr Putin, on the one hand, and, on the other, to move towards dialogue.
“We are not going to declare war on the Russians but what they are doing is unacceptable. It is the invasion of one country by another,'' the French minister said.
Deshchytsya is hoping to have a face-to-face meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is due here later in the day, but that has not been confirmed.

   
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