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MOSCOW, March 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and acting Ukrainian Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh discussed by telephone "various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine and measures towards de-escalating the situation on the Crimean peninsula," the press service of the Russian Defence Ministry told Itar-Tass on Thursday March 19.
The telephone conversation took place at Ukraine's initiative on March 19. Shoigu and Tenyukh agreed to continue contacts, the press service added.