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Russia has no intention to incorporate southeastern Ukraine: FM

English.news.cn   2014-04-12 03:37:40

MOSCOW, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday Russia has no intention to incorporate the southeastern regions of Ukraine.

The top Russian diplomat made the remarks in an interview with a local news channel, saying such plans contradict Russia's national interests.

Lavrov also said Russia is not discussing the need to bring peacekeepers to Ukraine or asking the UN Security Council to make some decisions, adding that Moscow urges the current Ukrainian administration to have dialogue with its people.

"We want Ukraine to stay whole, within its current borders with full respect for its regions," the minister said.

Later in the day, Lavrov called on the United States to prevent the use of force in southeastern part of Ukraine.

During a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov "drew attention to the disturbed situation in Ukraine's southeast, including ongoing threats of storming the buildings that are under control of protesters," the Foreign Ministry said in an online statement.

Lavrov urged the U.S. to "use all its influence on the authorities in Kiev so as to prevent any use of force and push them towards a dialogue with regional representatives to create the conditions allowing comprehensive constitutional reform to be held," according to the statement.

Kerry reassured Lavrov that the U.S. is working to "normalize the situation," said the ministry in the statement.


U.S. Kerry to join the EU, U.S., Russia and Ukraine talks in Geneva

GENEVA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join the four-party talks over Ukraine situation scheduled to be held next week in Geneva, a statement from U.S. mission in Geneva said on Friday.

European Union, U.S., Russia and Ukraine are going to hold a meeting in Geneva on April 17 as part of diplomatic efforts to tackle the Ukraine crisis, confirmed earlier today by the EU side. Full story

U.S. sanctions 7 individuals, gas company over Ukraine crisis

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions on six Crimean officials, a former Ukrainian official and a gas company in connection to the crisis in Ukraine.

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Putin taps Ukraine over gas payment dispute, assures Europe of gas supply

MOSCOW, April 11 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin on Friday called Ukraine's failure to pay for Russian gas supplies unacceptable, demanding the latter fulfills earlier commitment, while offered assurances that Moscow would honor its gas contracts with European clients.

During a meeting with the National Security Council, Putin criticized Ukraine for failing to pay for discounted gas price in recent few months. Full story

NATO chief vows strong support for allies along border with Russia

SOFIA, April 11 (Xinhua) -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday pledged to strengthen the shield along the border with Russia, and urged allies to increase their military budgets.

Rasmussen, who paid a one-day visit to Bulgaria, said at a joint press conference with the country's Foreign Minister Kristian Vigenin that "We are taking legitimate steps to reinforce our support to Allies, from the Baltic to the Black Sea." Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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