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German FM urges to seek out of Ukrainian crisis, and not discuss sanctions against Russia

April 20, 2014, 12:11 UTC+3 BERLIN

It is difficult to realize the agreements reached in Geneva because it is necessary to deal "with groups which don't listen neither to Kiev, nor to Moscow", Steinmeier considers

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BERLIN, April 20, /ITAR-TASS/. Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says it is necessary to apply more efforts for normalisation of the situation in Ukraine, and not just discuss possible sanctions against Russia.

The foreign minister said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag, Germany’s Sunday newspaper, lately the Western counterparts “in full detail” had been discussing possible introduction of sanctions against Russia.

“I would like them to apply similar efforts, like in discussing the sanctions, to avoid further aggravation (of the situation in Ukraine),” he said.

Steinmeier says it would be complicated to implement the Geneva agreements, as involved are “groups, which do not listen either to Kiev or Moscow.” Those agreements do not mean “peace comes to Ukraine immediately,” the foreign minister said.

“Now, the thing is to make the agreed objectives met,” he continued adding there may be no other chance for settlement of the situation in Ukraine.

On April 17, in Geneva, representatives of Russia, the US, the European Union and Ukraine had a meeting, which adopted an overwhelming document on de-escalation of the situation in Ukraine.

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