West falls short in fostering direct negotiations between Ukraine and Russia in Crimea crisis

  • by: LARA JAKES , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 5, 2014 - 4:40 PM

PARIS — Attempts to foster the highest-level diplomatic meeting between Russia and Ukraine since Moscow ordered troops into Ukraine's strategic Crimea region fell short Wednesday as Western officials scrambled for even small successes to keep the tense situation from escalating.

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