Kiev, pro-Russians must work for stable contacts: Russian FM

Kiev, pro-Russians must work for stable contacts: Russian FM

Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:53PM GMT

Russia has urged steady contacts between the government in Kiev and pro-Russia forces in a move aimed at resolving the months-long crisis in Ukraine’s eastern parts.

“…We are calling for the establishment of stable contacts between Kiev and Donbass (Donetsk and Lugansk regions in eastern Ukraine) representatives with the aim of reaching mutually acceptable agreements,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the lower house of parliament, State Duma, in the capital, Moscow, on Wednesday.

The Russian foreign minister further described as “counter-productive” Western attempts to treat Moscow as a side in the ongoing conflict in the former Soviet country.

The United States and the European Union have repeatedly accused the Kremlin of having a hand in the chaotic situation in eastern Ukraine by arming and funding pro-Russia activists. The Russian government, however, has consistently denied the allegation as baseless.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Lavrov called on Western leaders not to “blindly” support all actions by the Ukrainian government, asking them to open their eyes to Kiev’s human rights violations and criminal activities instead.

Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions in the east have witnessed deadly clashes between pro-Moscow activists and the Ukrainian army since Kiev launched military operations to silence the pro-Russia protests in mid-April.

According to the latest figures by the United Nations, more than 4,000 people have been killed and over 9,300 others injured in the fighting. In addition, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

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