There was intense diplomatic activity on Wednesday in Paris over the crisis in Ukraine.
The Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers met separately with US Secretary of State John Kerry and their French, British, German and EU counterparts on the sidelines of an international meeting on Lebanon.
No agreement has so far emerged but all sides have agreed to meet again in the coming days and to resolve the tensions through dialogue.
“We agreed to continue intense discussions in the coming days with Russia, with Ukrainians in order to see how we can help normalise the situation, stabilise it and overcome the crisis. All parties agreed today that it is important to try to resolve these issues through dialogue,” US Secretary of State, John Kerry said.
There had been hopes that the Ukrainian and Russian foreign ministers would meet but this was not to be.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Andrii Deshchytsia, said: “We are continuing our consultations, and we believe that we will come to some positive outcome. I’m on my way to Brussels to meet Prime Minister (of Ukraine) to discuss with him further steps.”
EU leaders are due to meet on Thursday in Brussels to consider sanctions against Russia.
Meanwhile Kerry has said that he and Lavrov will meet again in Rome on Thursday.