Europe

Talks on Ukraine produce no visible results

  • From left, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin pose before talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend Normandy Format talks in Minsk on the situation in the east of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    From left, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin pose before talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend Normandy Format talks in Minsk on the situation in the east of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, second left, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin shake hands as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepare for posing before talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend Normandy Format talks in Minsk on the situation in the east of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, second left, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin shake hands as French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, left, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepare for posing before talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend Normandy Format talks in Minsk on the situation in the east of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend a meeting in Normandy-Format on the situation in the East of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrives for talks in Minsk Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Foreign Ministers of France, Russia, Ukraine and Germany attend a meeting in Normandy-Format on the situation in the East of Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)  (The Associated Press)

A meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany intended to shore up a shaky peace process in eastern Ukraine has ended without visible progress.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters after Tuesday's talks that "there were no breakthroughs," adding that disagreements on security and other issues remain.

The ministers' talks follow last month's meeting of the four nations' leaders, who agreed to work out a "road map" on implementing the February 2015 Minsk agreement sponsored by France and Germany. The deal has helped reduce fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists, but clashes have continued and political settlement has stalled.

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the lack of progress in settling the conflict that has killed more than 9,600 since April 2014.