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SOFIA, July 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine on Sunday, July 6, was incomplete in the absence of representatives of the militia from the south-east of the country, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
“The Berlin declaration calling for convening as soon as possible a full-format meeting of the Contact Group with the participation of the militiamen was not fulfilled as the place of the meeting had proved to be a stumbling block,” he said.
Lavrov noted that the militiamen had not wished to leave Donetsk amid the ongoing army operation in the region and suggested holding the meeting there, but Kiev disagreed.The Russian minister believes that there should be no reservations or pretexts for delaying the ceasefire in Ukraine.
He stressed that the ceasefire must not be delayed under any circumstances as it would lead to new casualties.
“It is in our common interests to stop the bloodshed as soon as possible. There can be no reservations or pretexts for delaying an immediate ceasefire which more and more affects peaceful people and civilian persons, increases the flow of refugees and destroys civil infrastructure,” he said.