France, Germany, Russia hold Ukraine talks in Paris

15th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

The French, German and Russian foreign ministers on Monday held closed-door talks in Paris over the Ukraine crisis, a German foreign ministry official said.

There were however no details of the discussions between France's Laurent Fabius, Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Sergei Lavrov of Russia after a giant international conference on fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Steinmeier's spokesman and a French diplomatic source confirmed the talks.

Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels engaged in heavy fighting on Sunday in which six people were killed, despite a truce signed on September 5.

The warring sides signed up to a 12-point ceasefire after talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk -- the first truce backed by both Kiev and Moscow -- but there have been almost daily reports of violations.

The truce is viewed as a preliminary step for a more sustained peace plan to end a conflict that has claimed more than 2,700 lives.

© 2014 AFP

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