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A brief meeting between foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine took place at a conference in Vienna on Monday, according to Austria's foreign ministry.

The reportedly greeted each other and spoke briefly but were not alone together, according to a spokesperson for the ministry.

The brief meeting between Acting Foreign Minister for the Ukraine Andriy Deshchytsia and Foreign Minister for Russia Sergei Lavrov happened ahead of a conference between 30 foreign ministers taking place today in Austria, chair of the meeting, to discuss ways forward in Ukraine.

"You cannot expect miracles from the conference because there won't be any, but hopefully, and this is my expectation, there will be clear backing from most countries for orderly and free (presidential) elections on May 25, because this could be a small step towards stabilising the country," said foreign minister Sebastian Kurz.

The conference is being held by Council of Europe, one of the continent's leading human rights organisations that includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.

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