6 March 2014, 09:21
Western actions regarding the situation in Ukraine do not promote an atmosphere of cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Paris after talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
“We held a meeting with John Kerry regarding the situation in Ukraine, regarding the actions that our partners are trying to take along the lines of OSCE, the Russia-NATO Council and other international organizations. Actions that do not help create an atmosphere of dialogue or constructive cooperation,” he said after the talks.
“John Kerry admitted that such an atmosphere should be created, and that amid threats and ultimatums it is very difficult to seek honest agreements that will subsequently help the Ukrainian people bring this situation back to normal,” Lavrov said.
Russia and West agree on need to implement Feb 21 agreements in Ukraine – Lavrov
Western partners agree with Moscow that it is necessary to implement the February 21 agreements between the Ukrainian opposition and the government, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
“We agreed that all Ukrainians should be helped implement the understandings that were reached on February 21,” Lavrov said to journalists after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
According to Lavrov, Kerry recognized the need to foster an atmosphere conducive for dialogue and constructive cooperation in Ukraine.
It was also admitted that “amid threats and ultimatums it is very difficult to work on honest agreements, which will subsequently help the Ukrainian people bring this situation back to normal,” Lavrov said.
The Russian foreign minister confirmed his plans to hold a meeting at the French Foreign Ministry with his counterparts from Poland and Germany, “who authorized and confirmed the signing of the aforementioned agreement in Kiev on February 21.”
Voice of Russia, Interfax