MOSCOW, April 9 Russia told the West on
Wednesday that four-way talks between representatives of
Ukraine, Russia, the United States and European Union must focus
on fostering dialogue among Ukrainians and not on bilateral
relations among the participants.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov delivered the message in a
telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,
the Foreign Ministry said. It said Lavrov and Kerry urged all
sides to refrain from violence in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The European Union said on Tuesday that top diplomats from
the EU, Russia, Ukraine and the United States would meet next
week to discuss the crisis, but Russia says it wants to know
more about the agenda for such talks.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman)