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"We are convinced that despite the various interpretations of the events, it is necessary to focus on ending the bloodshed and starting a dialogue with participation of all (Ukrainian) regions in order to agree on the future structure of the (Ukrainian) state,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a meeting with his German and Polish counterparts Frank Walter Steinmeier and Radoslaw Sikorski on Tuesday.
“We support the agreements fixed in the April 17 Geneva statement and the roadmap suggested by the OSCE chairperson-in-office, Didier Burkhalter. We hope that Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko who proclaimed the task of ending the conflict and finding a way out of the crisis is going to act exactly in this direction,” Lavrov went on to say.
“Russia is ready to support the steps of Ukraine’s new leadership aimed at persuading Ukrainians to sit down to talks and reach an agreement with each other,” the Russian foreign minister said.
Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister welcomed President Poroshenko’s decision to create humanitarian corridors for refugees in southeast Ukraine.
"We have heard that Poroshenko has announced the intention to create humanitarian corridors for the residents in Ukraine’s southeast regions who want to leave the area of military hostilities. We welcome this move. This is a step in the right direction,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister also called the attention of international organizations to the growing influx of refugees from the war-stricken regions.
Moscow hopes that Poroshenko will translate his public statements about the need to create humanitarian corridors for refugees in southeast Ukraine into concrete actions.
“We are taking Poroshenko’s public assurances for granted but we would like them to be followed by concrete actions. Everything should be relegated to the background when humanitarian aid to people is in question,” Lavrov stressed.
“People want to flee the horror that has gripped the southeast of Ukraine. We are helping those who want to save themselves in the Russian territory. But people who want to find shelter in Ukraine should be given this opportunity,” the Russian foreign minister went on to say.
“I want to believe that this is not some cunning military move aimed at giving a free hand to the army,” the Russian foreign policy chief said.
"At the recent festivities in Normandy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that we would be ready to use our influence to contribute to coordination of all the parameters of stable and long-term ceasefire,” Lavrov emphasized.