Sergei Lavrov: No progess in Ukraine talks overs truce

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Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday
that no progress had been made to agree on a ceasefire in Ukraine during crisis talks
over the weekend in Berlin.

Following the talks between the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and
France on Sunday, Lavrov told a Berlin news conference that the talks had failed to
produce “positive results in [...] establishing a ceasefire and (starting) a political
process.”

Lavrov accused Kiev’s new leaders of changing their demands over what it would take
to establish a truce between government troops and pro-federalization, who have
been fighting for more than four months in eastern Ukraine.

“Our Ukrainian counterparts, unfortunately, continue setting conditions – and rather
vague ones at that – including, as they say, the establishment of an impenetrable
border,” Lavrov said, adding that Russia wanted an “unconditional” ceasefire.

However, Lavrov said that “all questions” regarding a Russian humanitarian convoy to
Ukraine had been resolved with Kiev and the Red Cross.

The convoy has been parked at the border between Russia and Ukraine for days amid
objections from Kiev.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday that the Berlin talks
had seen “frank words” being exchanged “on some issues,” but admitted the talks had
been “difficult.”

Steinmeier said the four foreign ministers would consult with their leaders before
possibly agreeing on how to proceed on Tuesday.

Source: Al Manar News

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