Lavrov urges to use OSCE potential to force Kiev into cancelling military operation in Ukraine’s southeast
by The Daily Lede
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Didier Burkhalter called for full compliance with the Geneva Statement of April 17 on Ukraine, starting with an immediate ceasefire. They also agreed to use the OSCE potential for fostering a real and equal dialogue between the Kiev authorities and representatives of the South-East of Ukraine.
“The parties have condemned the expansion of violence in Ukraine, especially the riotous behavior of radicals in Odessa. Lavrov urged to use the OSCE’s potential to force Kiev into cancelling the military operation against civilians in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine,” the ministry stated, RIA reports.
Russia believes the Slavyansk self-defense forces have manifested courage and humanity by handing the European military experts to Russian presidential envoy Vladimir Lukin, who took them to Donetsk.
“This step was made by the Slavyansk self-defense forces despite the deliberate escalation of the internal crisis by the so-called administration in Kiev in a situation when a peaceful city is subjected to a direct unmotivated attack, in which troops and Right Sector fighters dressed in National Guard uniform are broadly used,” the information and press department of the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on the release of the European military specialists in Slavyansk.