Russia demands broad autonomy for Ukrainian regions ahead of Lavrov, Kerry talks; Ukrainian Foreign Ministry rejects conditions

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March 30, 2014, 8:26 p.m. | Ukraine — by Associated Press, Kyiv Post Staff

US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) before a meeting focused on the Ukraine crisis, on March 30, 2014 at the Foreign Ministry in Paris. Kerry meets his Russian counterpart today in Paris hoping to ease global tensions over the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea and sudden buildup of troops near Ukraine. AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE

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Kyiv Post Staff

 PARIS — Russia on Sunday set out demands for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, saying the former Soviet republic should be unified in a federation allowing wide autonomy to its various regions as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepared to meet in Paris in another bid to calm tensions. 

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