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    Kiev Stalls Establishing Buffer Zone During Contact Group Meeting - Moscow

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    Kiev requested a "time-out" to consider signing an agreement on establishing a buffer zone in Donbass.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — All the members of the Contact Group aimed to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine were prepared to sign an agreement on establishing a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the demarcation line on Tuesday in Minsk, but Ukraine requested a "time-out", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Wednesday.

    "Yesterday, the representatives of Donetsk, Lugansk, the representatives of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Russian Federation were ready to make such a commitment, but at the last moment the representatives of Ukraine took some time out to coordinate it," Karasin told RIA Novosti.

    Earlier on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he had instructed the representatives of Kiev in the tripartite contact group to immediately sign an agreement on the establishment of a 30-kilometer buffer zone along the demarcation line.

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