Germany's Foreign Ministry says talks between senior officials from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine to pave the way for a summit of leaders in Minsk will resume in the Belarusian capital.

The ministry says that officials from the four countries will meet again in Minsk Tuesday evening, following a meeting in Berlin until late Monday night. They will try to iron out differences so that the leaders of the four countries can meet in the Belarusian capital to seek a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine crisis.

The ministry says Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke by phone with both Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday afternoon to push for compromises on difficult issues that remain open.