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Diplomats from central Europe to travel to Ukraine

February 27, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — Diplomats from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland are heading to Ukraine for talks with the new government and acting President Oleksandr Turchynov.

The group will take part in talks on Friday coordinated with the office of EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.

The trip was announced Thursday by the Czech foreign ministry. The four countries belong to a group called V4 that represents their interests.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said, “The situation (in Ukraine) is very dangerous and it is necessary to prevent its escalation at any cost.”

Zaoralek told Czech public television the trip will not include the Crimea region because “nobody is able to ensure our security” there.

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