KIEV, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- A recent meeting of international mediators in Minsk discussed the possibility of reaching a ceasefire between government troops and pro-independence insurgents in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The talks also touched upon some key points to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, including the release of hostages and the security of humanitarian cargo deliveries to restive areas, ministry spokesman Eugene Perebiynis told reporters during a briefing.
The representatives of the contact group agreed to continue their negotiations in the nearest future, he added.
On Monday, representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held talks in Minsk to search for political ways out of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which had killed over 2,500 people.
MOSCOW, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Russia said Monday that it would not militarily interfere in the ongoing Ukraine crisis, and warn against possible intensified sanctions the West was mulling.
"There will be no military interference ... We advocate only peaceful settlement of the heaviest crisis, the tragedy," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a speech at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Full Story
BRUSSELS, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- The incoming European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday said EU leaders will decide on new sanctions on Russia by Friday.
"The package (of further sanctions) will be presented by tomorrow from the commission. The Coreper (permanent representatives committee) will meet again tomorrow, Thursday and by Friday a decision will be adopted," Mogherini told a joint news conference with Elmar Brok, Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs. Full Story