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Russia expects Kiev, militia to respond to Putin's peace plan — Lavrov

September 04, 2014, 15:59 UTC+3 URGENT: Russia expects Kiev
He added that Russia has made every effort to start a dialogue between Kiev and militia forces
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MOSCOW, September 04./ITAR-TASS/. Moscow hopes that both Kiev authorities and militia in Ukraine's southeast will respond to the ceasefire plan proposed by President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

"President Putin issued a seven-point plan after yesterday's conversation [with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko] and offered the conflicting sides to consider his ideas," Lavrov said.

He added that Russia has made every effort to start a dialogue between Kiev and militia forces.

In his plan Putin called for an end of offensive operations and airstrikes, the pullback of armed forces out of shelling range of civilian areas, an exchange of all detainees, opening of humanitarian corridors, repairing damaged infrastructure and deploying international observers to monitor the ceasefire.

The forces that support radicals in Kiev are not only responsible for the continuing violence, but also call in question President Petro Poroshenko’s actions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Those who have embarked on the path of war and support the radicals in Kiev assume tremendous responsibility not only for the continuing bloodshed, but as a matter of fact for calling in question the actions of Ukraine’s current president,” Lavrov said.

“I hope that Washington and European capitals, literally dizzy with anti-Russian rhetoric, will come to realize this at last,” Lavrov said.

Demands of eastern Ukrainian militia not extreme but natural for any civilised European country, he adds.

“They want to participate directly in organizing their life, to elect and to be elected, and to be sure that the language, which they would like to speak themselves and to be spoken by their children will be the language of their choice,” Lavrov said.

Kiev and militias should realize their responsibility before the people: they should stop the war and start agreeing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

“We will insist on a ceasefire. This is the priority. Civilians have already suffered for too long. All responsible politicians in Kiev and in the southeast should realize their responsibility before the people: to stop the war and start agreeing,” he said.

Remarks on the possible unilateral introduction of changes to the agreement on the Russia-NATO Council are quite incorrect both from the practical and legal points of view, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.

“This document was drafted by all members of the Russia-NATO Council,” the Russian minister said. “Any unilateral move can be made only in regard to the withdrawal from this document” .

 

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