Political advisers from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany agreed that a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine should be observed after long talks in Paris on Wednesday, Russia’s chief negotiator, Dmitry Kozak, told reporters.
Many issues concerning a peace settlement for the conflict in eastern Ukraine remained unresolved after eight hours of talks, Kozak told a news conference.
But he said he hoped positions could be narrowed.
He said another meeting of the four countries would be held in two weeks in Berlin.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Russia would be unwise to launch a military conflict in Ukraine and in that case Ankara would do what is necessary as a NATO member.
In an interview on broadcaster NTV, Erdogan said he had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey under a proposal to host both sides for diplomacy and a path to peace, adding that he expects a response from Moscow.
Erdogan also said there was a need for comprehensive dialogue that addresses some of Russia’s security concerns, while explaining to Moscow that some of its demands are not plausible.