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Ukraine crisis: Diplomacy talks to begin in Paris

5 March 2014 Last updated at 15:44 GMT

Diplomatic efforts to ease tensions in Ukraine are gathering pace as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov prepare to hold crucial talks in Paris.

The US wants independent observers in the flashpoint region of Crimea and direct talks between Kiev and Moscow. Russia is likely to call for greater representation for Ukraine's Russian-speaking areas in the Kiev government.

But there is disagreement between the US and Europe as to what action to take to diffuse the crisis.

Nick Childs reports.

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