MOSCOW/KIEV, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have discussed over telephone possible steps to realize lasting ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
"The presidents' viewpoints on possible ways to overcome the grave and critical situation coincide to a considerable degree," Interfax news agency quoted Peskov as saying.
Ukraine's presidential press service said earlier that the conversation "resulted in an agreement on a lasting ceasefire" in Donbass, a local name given to the conflict-hit regions in eastern Ukraine.
"Mutual understanding was achieved regarding steps that would promote the establishment of peace," it said.
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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
EU decision on new sanctions on Russia by Friday: Mogherini
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