Lavrov: Russia, US to Try to Convince Ukrainian Leadership to Fulfill Geneva Obligations
Updated 10:49 a.m. Moscow Time
BEIJING, November 8 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the United States will try to convince the Ukrainian leadership to fulfill Geneva obligations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday after the bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing.
'We have agreed with John Kerry that this problem continues to be, and perhaps is even more relevant today than it was in April, when the immediate initiation of this process was discussed. We will try to convince the Ukrainian leadership to begin to fulfill this obligation,' Lavrov said.
On November 5, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in a telephone conversation with Kerry suggested reviving the Geneva format of dialogue on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Ukraine at the level of foreign affairs ministers.
Top diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine met in Geneva on April 17 to devise a road map, which called for an end to the violence in the region, amnesty for all those involved in the fighting and dialogue between the state authorities and independence supporters. However, the resulting Geneva Accords did not stop Kiev from proceeding with its military operation in southeastern Ukraine. A ceasefire agreement between the conflicting sides was reached months later on September 5, following talks between Russia, Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
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