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    Ukrainian PM Says Nobody Needs Fully-Fledged War in Europe

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    Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a news conference following talks with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico that Kiev realizes that there could be no military solution to the conflict in the country's southeast.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — The Kiev authorities realize that there is no purely military solution to the current standoff with self-proclaimed regions in eastern Ukraine, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Friday.

    "We do realize that there could be no military solution [to the conflict in Donbas], in its 'classic' form. Nobody wants a new, fully-fledged war in Europe," Yatsenyuk said at a news conference following talks with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Kiev.

    Following reports that Washington is considering sending lethal weapons to Kiev in the wake of increased fighting in southeastern Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

    The two European leaders will discuss Ukrainian reconciliation plan with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow later Friday.

    Ahead of the talks with the Russian president, Merkel confirmed that Germany would not provide weapons to Ukraine and underscored that a diplomatic solution was the only option for the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

    The situation in the southeast of Ukraine deteriorated dramatically in the beginning of 2015, despite a ceasefire agreement signed at peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, in September 2014.

    The Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation held another round of talks in Minsk, in late January 2015, in a bid to resume the peace process in the region. Current negotiations have failed to yield results.


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