February 17, 2018 / 11:49 AM / 8 months ago

Diplomats drop plans for four-way meeting on Ukraine in Munich - source

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

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