Ceasefire in Ukraine opens door to resolve crisis: Russian Foreign Minister

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Sergey V. Lavrov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Russia is working with Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

That's what Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov told the United Nations General Assembly as it continued its general debate on Saturday.

He said the conflict between government and rebel forces, which has displaced thousands of people was sparked by what he described as a coup d'état in Ukraine.

Mr Lavrov said the way out of the crisis is within reach.

(Russian, followed by English interpretation)
"The way to overcoming crisis has been opened with the achievement of the ceasefire agreement in south-eastern Ukraine on the basis of initiatives by Presidents Poroshenko and Putin. With the participation of the representatives of Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the OSCE and Russia, practical measures are being agreed upon for the successive implementation of these agreements, including the separation of the parties to the conflict, the removal of the heavy weapons of the Ukrainian army and militia forces, (and) the setting up of monitoring through the OSCE." (28")

Mr. Lavrov said Russia is prepared to continue to actively promote the political settlement of the crisis in the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration: 1'14"

 

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