Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:53

Russia urges ceasefire east Ukraine

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Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has told his American counterpart, John Kerry, the need to seize the military operations carried out by the Ukrainian troops against separatists east of the country, earlier the rebels seeked Moscow help and formally requested to join to Russia .

Quoted news said that Lavrov during a telephone conversation Wednesday evening told Kerry : "There is an urgent need to stop punitive process in eastern Ukraine , and proceed a comprehensive national dialogue that includes direct talks with representatives of the South Eastern Ukraine , with the aim of reaching a peaceful solution to the crisis".

At the same time, reports indicated that the leader of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic', Denis Pushilin, on Wednesday, has appealed again for Russia's help to face Kiev and to join Russia .

The European Union leaders, in a joint statement issued on Wednesday at the conclusion of a summit in Brussels, have demanded Russia to stop the flow of separatists and weapons to Ukraine, after been informed by the border guards that crossing a convoy of trucks and cars carrying armed on Monday night last illegally .. calling for Moscow cooperation with the new Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, to continue the withdrawal of arrayed Russian forces near the Ukrainian border in order to put pressure on the separatists to defuse the crisis and to engage in frank and open dialogue .

On the other hand , Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has visited Berlin, on Wednesday, and discussed the gas issue with Chancellor Angela Merkel, before that Europe faces a potential shortage of Russian gas supplies, while the Office of the elected Ukrainian president said in a statement issued : "The president wants to conclude a large deal with European Union as soon as taking office officially . "

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