Kiev rules out bilateral talks with Moscow

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Ukrainian acting prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of bilateral Ukrainian-Russian talks to settle the conflict between the two countries.

“Under the current circumstances I don’t believe that the possibility of bilateral negotiations between Ukraine and Russia can be considered,” Yatsenyuk told a “National Unity Roundtable” in Nikolaev, southern Ukraine.

He called for a second meeting in Geneva between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union.

“We are ready for the Geneva 2 format – Ukraine, the EU, the US and Russia – with the reservation that before we met we would need to know what we would be trying to agree on instead of meeting without reaching any agreements and merely using such meetings to build political positions,” he said.

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