Russian watchdog vows messengers bill won’t mean ‘control over private correspondence’Russian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 15:02
Russia’s advanced Ka-62 helicopter performs debut flightMilitary & Defense May 25, 14:58
Russia's military satellite delivered into orbitScience & Space May 25, 14:51
Iran builds third underground missile plantWorld May 25, 14:27
Russia’s cutting-edge multipurpose helicopter to be certified in AugustMilitary & Defense May 25, 14:13
FSB detains four Islamic State suspects for plotting terror attacksWorld May 25, 14:04
Russia gets hundreds of orders for MC-21 new medium-haul airlinerBusiness & Economy May 25, 13:27
Russia, Philippines ready to sign documents on cooperation in various spheres — LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 25, 13:23
NATO secretary general says 2011 bombardment of Libya aimed at protecting civiliansWorld May 25, 13:06
KIEV, January 25. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, on a visit in Riyadh, has held a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders, as well as telephone conversations with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, head of the European Council Donald Tusk, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Ukrainian president’s press service said on Sunday.
“Poroshenko has reached an agreement on the need to told negotiations in the ‘Geneva format’ with the participation of the United States, European Union, Russian Federation and Ukraine,” the press service said.
The president also instructed the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get prepared for a meeting of the UN Security Council and to prepare statements to be made in all international organisations.
On Saturday, Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page that he agreed with the leaders of the EU, France and the United States “to coordinate the next joint steps and actions.”
Poroshenko initiated an extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine on January 25 in connection with the deteriorating situation in the east of the country and the shelling of the city of Mariupol. In view of this, he cut short his visit to Saudi Arabia.
The National Security and Defence Council meeting will consider the “development and implementation of additional effective steps due to the rapid deterioration of the situation in the east.”
The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on a ceasefire at talks mediated by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on September 5 in Belarusian capital Minsk. The ceasefire took effect the same day but has reportedly occasionally been violated.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said the OSCE has repeatedly ignored data on military preparations and concentration of Ukrainian forces along the contact line which comes in violation of the Minsk agreements.