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UNITED NATIONS, June 20, 22:51 /ITAR-TASS/. It is too early to speak about Russia’s support to Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko’s settlement plan for Ukrainian eastern regions, Russian Permanent Representative at the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told journalists on Friday.
Thus, he contradicted his Ukrainian colleague Yuri Sergeyev who had said earlier on Friday that Moscow welcomed Poroshenko’s plan. “I have checked and must say that it is not true. It is too early to speak about our support to Poroshenko’s initiative for the reason that we have not seen his plan yet,” Churkin said.
Poroshenko, in his words, outlines his plan during his telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “President Putin made a number of remarks, for instance, about the necessity of immediate ceasefire, and about other things,” Churkin noted, adding that the two countries’ foreign ministers had not discussed this subject in detail in their conversation on Friday.
If Yuri Sergeyev “conveyed Poroshenko’s initiative right,” the Russian diplomat noted, it might trigger “serious problems.” “Such things as a ten-kilometre buffer zone along the border, a corridor to allow people leave Ukraine’s eastern regions for Russia, disarmament in the east of Ukraine may well lead to more blood rather than settle the situation,” he stressed.