MOSCOW, April 24 /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry urged Washington to make the Kiev authorities stop the army operation in the south-east of Ukraine immediately.
“We hope that the United States will at last take urgent measures in order to de-escalate the situation in accordance with the Geneva statement of April 17. Washington must make the present Ukrainian leadership stop the army operation in the South-East immediately and withdraw Ukrainian army and law enforcement units to their permanent bases,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday, April 24.
“So far nothing has been done to solve this urgent problem. We hope that Washington understands its full responsibility for the unfolding events,” it said.
The ministry also noted that the telephone conversations between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry scheduled for April 23 and 24 “unfortunately did not take place for reasons beyond Moscow’s control”.
“Ahead of the call between the minister and the secretary scheduled for April 25, Russia is once again strongly urging Washington to use its influence with the interim government in Kiev in order to bring it to senses and convince it to refrain from reckless steps that will cause Ukraine to plunge into deeper crisis,” the ministry said.