GENEVA, April 17 (Xinhua) -- The European Union, Russia, United States and Ukraine started here Thursday a dialogue to seek ways to handle the on-going tensions in this Eastern European country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived this morning to join the high-level talks with his counterparts EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya, who have arrived in Geneva on Wednesday.
Top diplomats from the four parties sat at one table for the first time since the crisis began in an attempt to ease the crisis.
As part of the diplomatic effort under way, this morning Kerry met with Ashton, Deshchytsya and Lavrov respectively, discussing the situation in Ukraine, and Ashton already met with Deshchytsya Wednesday night after their arrivals.
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