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Latvian PM warns West against military interference in Ukraine conflict

February 24, 2015, 15:57 UTC+3 RIGA
Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said no one is ready to begin a new world war
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RIGA, February 24. /TASS/. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma warned Western countries on Tuesday against military interference in Ukrainian conflict, saying this would escalate it.

"No one is ready to begin a third world war," the prime minister told the Latvian television. "Germany is especially cautious looking back at history, that is why nothing is more important than to agree and come to general consensus," she said.

Speaking about weapons supplies to Ukraine, Laimdota Straujuma said this would depend on whether the sides in the conflict would abide by the Minsk agreements.

"Weapons don’t ensure peace, weapons shoot and kill people. That is why I believe the most important thing is to continue negotiations and abide by the ceasefire terms," she said.

On February 18, Ukraine’s Council for National Security and Defense approved an appeal to the United Nations and the European Union to have a peacekeeping mission deployed in Ukraine.

Its secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said a peacekeeping contingent should be deployed not only along the disengagement line in the conflict zone, but also along the section of the state border with Russia that is not controlled by Kiev.

The proposal to invite peacekeepers to Ukraine may serve to undermine the Minsk agreements, Russia’s State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin said on February 18. "Of course, the Minsk agreements do not envisage such a measure and in my opinion, this may become an element of erosion of the Minsk agreements," Naryshkin said.

EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has also advised Kiev against deviating from the Minsk agreements.

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