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Moscow-Kiev direct talks difficult but key, says Italian FM

'Intense diplomatic action essential'

04 March, 15:08
Moscow-Kiev direct talks difficult but key, says Italian FM (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 4 - Intense diplomatic action is key to start direct talks between Russia and Ukraine to defuse the crisis, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.

"We are all trying to push the two capitals, Moscow and Kiev, towards opening direct talks, something which is very complicated but not impossible and which could be key in resolving" the situation, Mogherini said, briefing the foreign affairs commissions of Italy's Lower House and Senate on an EU Council Monday which focused on Ukraine.

An extraordinary EU summit on Ukraine in Brussels Thursday will weigh "possible targeted measures", Mogherini announced a day earlier.

The EU is considering sanctions over Russia's action in Crimea and has already decided to stop preparations for a G8 summit in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

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