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Published: Monday March 31, 2014 MYT 5:45:02 AM
Updated: Monday March 31, 2014 MYT 5:45:56 AM

U.S., Russia meeting on Ukraine ends after four hours of talks

PARIS (Reuters) - Talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, ended late on Sunday after four hours of negotiations to defuse tensions over Ukraine.

The goal of the meeting was to develop a proposal conceived by Kerry and Lavrov during earlier meetings to de-escalate the crisis over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Both sides are expected to hold separate news conferences on the outcome of the talks.

(Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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