withdraws troops, calls for end to Kiev's military ops
Earnest May 8, 2014
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Ukrainian right-wing groups are behind the recent
events in the country, Russian President Vladmir Putin said, adding that Kiev has not disarmed them. He also called on anti-Kiev protesters to postpone a May 11 federalization referendum.
believes that the crisis, which originated in Ukraine and is now
actively developing in accordance with the worst-case scenario, is to be
blamed on those who organized the coup in Kiev on 22-23 February and
still do not care to disarm the right-wing and nationalist elements,"
the president said.
Direct dialogue between Kiev and anti-government protesters in southeast Ukraine is key to ending the crisis, Putin said.
It is now essential "to create the necessary conditions for this dialogue," he added.
however, would require rescheduling the referendum, which
anti-government activists scheduled on May 11 to determine the fate of
"We are calling for southeast Ukraine
representatives, supporters of federalization of the country, to
postpone the May 11 referendum to create the necessary conditions for
dialogue," Putin said at a press conference with OSCE
Chairperson-in-Office and Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Moscow.
response to Putin's offer, one of the leaders of the self-proclaimed
Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, said the possibility would be
"We respect Putin's position. He is a
balanced politician. So we will submit this proposal tomorrow to the
people’s council," he said.
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern –
we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at
locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges," he said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested holding "roundtable
discussions," a proposal that Moscow fully supports, Putin added.
and the OSCE agree substantially on the approach to resolving the
situation in Ukraine, Putin said, adding that negotiations had made it