Moscow hopes Poroshenko will deliver on his pledge to end fighting
9 June 2014, 21:41 -- Russia hopes that Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko will put an end to the military operation in southeastern Ukraine, said Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's commissioner for human rights, democracy and rule of law. 'We do hope that these pledges will be finally converted into concrete steps,' Dolgov told Rossiya 24 television.
Poroshenko earlier pledged to put an end to the fighting in eastern Ukraine this week. 'We must stop the fighting this week,' Poroshenko said in Kiev on Sunday at a meeting of the trilateral contact group for negotiating a peace plan for eastern Ukraine.
Peace settlement in southeastern Ukraine to bear fruit in days - Kremlin
Kremlin believes that work of the contact group on peace settlement in Ukraine's east may be about to bear fruit in days, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told ITAR-TASS on Monday.
'Experts are working on the problem in the context of the short conversation that Putin and Poroshenko held in Normandy (on June 6),' he said, adding that first definite steps of the group's work could take place 'in the next days'.
The contact group on peace settlement in Ukraine's east met for the first time on Sunday with Ukraine's President Petr Poroshenko, Ukraine's Ambassador to Germany Pavel Klimkin, the OSCE Secretary General's special envoy Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini and Russia's Ambassador in Kiev Mikhail Zurabov taking part in it, TASS reports.
Moscow hopes new OSCE representative on Ukraine will help end violence
Russia is hopeful that the Swiss diplomat, Heidi Tagliavini, who has been appointed as representative of the OSCE chairperson-in-office on Ukraine, will work on bringing the violence in Ukraine to a halt and the implementation of the 'roadmap' on the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
'OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Didier Burkhalter, has announced the appointment of Swiss Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini as his representative on Ukraine,' the ministry said in a report posted on its website.
'Russia has always backed the 'roadmap' for the settlement of the crisis in Ukraine, proposed by the Swiss chairman of the OSCE in line with the Geneva accords of April 17. We are working on the assumption that Heidi Tagliavini will be actively involved in the implementation of the key provisions of said 'roadmap', primarily the development of steady agreements on the immediate cessation of violence and the creation of conditions for the beginning of true dialogue in Ukraine involving all political forces and regions of that country,' the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
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