MUNICH (Reuters) - Officials from Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia have dropped plans to hold a four-way meeting on the violence and ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, a diplomatic source said on Saturday.
A meeting initially scheduled on Friday was scrapped due to scheduling conflicts after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel unexpectedly had to return to Berlin after the release of a German-Turkish journalist from a Turkish prison.
The officials were now conducting bilateral meetings instead of meeting in a larger group, diplomatic sources said.
“Ukraine was an intense topic of discussion” during one such bilateral meeting between Gabriel and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday, a German diplomatic source said.
Reporting by Sabine Siebold and Andrea Shalal; Writing by Andrea Shalal, editing by Thomas Escritt