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Lavrov at talks with NATO chief highlights need for implementation of Minsk deal by Kiev

September 29, 2015, 21:14 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Speaking about the Ukraine crisis, Lavrov highlighted the need for rigorous implementation of all provisions of the Minsk agreements by Kiev
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

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MOSCOW, September 29. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday it was necessary that Kiev rigorously implemented ceasefire measures agreed for Ukraine in Minsk in February, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday reporting Lavrov’s conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"During the talks, the sides discussed the current state of Russia-NATO relations, as well as a number of pressing issues on the international agenda, including the situation in Ukraine," the ministry said.

Speaking about the Ukraine crisis, Lavrov "highlighted the need for rigorous implementation of all provisions of the Minsk agreements by Kiev", it added.

On February 12, leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France held marathon talks in the Belarusian capital Minsk, seeking to reach a political settlement over east Ukraine's future.

Belarus also gathered envoys of Moscow, Kiev, the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and European security watchdog OSCE.

The meetings yielded a package of measures to implement the September 2014 Minsk agreements, including a ceasefire in certain areas of east Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions starting from February 15.

The 13-point Complex of Measures also called for withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the front line, prisoner release and agreement for international observers to monitor the truce.

Based on September’s stillborn Minsk peace protocol, the deal laid out a road map for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give the war-torn eastern regions more autonomy.

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