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Russia to help Kiev establish dialogue with southeast if it ends military op – UN envoy

Published time: May 28, 2014 23:32
Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations.(AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations.(AFP Photo / Stan Honda)

Russia will assist Ukraine in establishing dialogue with the southeast if Kiev stops its military offensive there, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

“Stop this military operation, and then we will help you with establishing dialogue,” Churkin said in response to a speech made at the UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday by Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev.

In his speech, Sergeyev accused Russia of kindling separatism.

“The problem of the troubled regions will not be solved with artillery strikes or bombing,” Churkin stated. He stated that the new Ukrainian president must make the right decisions which will not lead to a dead-end.

Churkin also said that Russia is assisting efforts to release the detained group of OSCE observers in Ukraine, adding that a Russian citizen is among the observers.

"We're seriously concerned over the incidents with two groups of OSCE observers. A Russian citizen was in one of them," Churkin said during the UN Security Council session.

"We are taking all the steps within our limits to find and free the observers who have still not been released.”

Meanwhile, Rai News 24 reported that the Italian foreign ministry had announced the release of the OSCE observers. However, the OSCE could not confirm this information, RIA Novosti said.

Churkin also called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to get involved in the process of ending the military action in eastern Ukraine.

“UN Security Council members must call on Kiev to finally realize the need to consider the interests of all citizens of the country, to immediately end the military operation in the southeast,” Churkin said.

Comments (33)

 

King X 29.05.2014 16:12

No, no, no.... outside of Soviet Russia, we do things a little differently.... The rebels(terrorists) put down the weapons, then dialogue can occur.... not the other way around!

 

Charles Brown 29.05.2014 16:07

Russian arms and Russian people causing this under Putin wishes

 

Ccb 29.05.2014 15:42

This Seems a good move, but it is an wolf in sheep clothes.
If russia had act normal and earlier this wouldnt have happened.
If russia now would think like civilised people and not seeing paranoia, this wouldnt happend. Then an deal was possible to stay for long in crimia
Sad, sad.so dont make demands you cant make and that are false.

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