France hosts Russian and Ukrainian negotiators in bid to defuse crisis


High-level meeting brought together representatives of the four countries under the so-called Normandy Format, which has been used repeatedly since Russia's 2014 annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea.

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Russian and Ukrainian negotiators met in Paris Wednesday, along with French and German advisors, in a bid to defuse soaring tensions over the Ukraine crisis, with Paris seeking to usher both sides down a "path to de-escalation", reports FRANCE 24.