24 June 2014, 15:46

Kiev to present Poroshenko peace plan in Vienna, Brussels

Kiev to present Poroshenko peace plan in Vienna, Brussels

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin on June 24 will present elements of the peace plan proposed by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko at the annual conference of the OSCE in Vienna and at the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO commission in Brussels on June 25, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Daniil Lubkivsky told a briefing on Tuesday. The stay of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Kiev is also part of the peace process, he said.

Lubkivskiy said Ukraine and the entire international community demand from Russia real support of the peace plan proposed by Poroshenko.

He said Russia continues an information and economic war against Ukraine.

"Economic pressure and restrictions have increased. The gas blackmailing has made Ukraine regroup and switch to new conditions governing the functioning of the energy sector," Lubkivskiy sai, Interfax reports.

At the same time, Lubkivskiy gave high marks to the participation by Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov in yesterday's consultations on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine, but said he does not regard the June 23 meeting as negotiations.

There were no negotiations in Donetsk yesterday. There was a meeting that is part of the settlement processes," Lubkivskiy said.

He recalled that Ukraine's second president Leonid Kuchma, a representative of Ukraine, has taken part in the meeting.

The diplomat also promised that the outcome of the meeting will be presented to the public in the nearest future.

Results of Donetsk talks offer chance to implement east Ukraine peace plan - Poroshenko's administration

The Ukrainian deputy presidential chief-of-staff, Valery Chaly, believes that the results of the contact group's June 23 meeting will offer fresh opportunities to implement Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's plan to restore peace in the country's eastern regions.

"We see presently there are certain decisions that are opening up opportunities to implement certain principles of the president's peace plan," Chaly told the ICTV television station on Monday evening.

"It is a step in the right direction, albeit not yet a victory," he added.

It is a positive development that Leonid Kuchma, who held the post of Ukrainian president from 1994 to 2005, represented the Kiev authorities at these negotiations, Chaly said, adding that this circumstance offers a very good chance to find a positive solution to this situation.

Merkel proposes holding east Ukraine telephone conference on June 25

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has supported Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's plan to restore peace to the country's eastern regions and has proposed holding on June 25 a telephone conference in the format launched during recent meetings in Normandy, the Ukrainian president's press service has reported.

During their telephone conversation on Monday, the German leader also welcomed the work of the trilateral group and expressed hope that both the Kyiv authorities and all the other side’s involved would make every effort to bring peace back to the conflict-torn east of Ukraine.

Poroshenko, for his part, told Merkel he was blaming the leaders of "illegal armed groups" for the continuing fighting in Ukraine's eastern regions.

In defiance of a ceasefire proposed by his peace plan, the "militants have refused to lay down their arms and continue to attack checkpoints and strongholds of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the Ukrainian president said.

"Terrorists have opened fire on Ukrainian servicemen nine times over the past 24 hours. All in all, militants have violated the ceasefire 31 times," he said.

Poroshenko also said he had officially invited Russia to send its inspectors to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Monitoring Mission in order to enable them to confirm Kiev's total compliance with the ceasefire.

Poroshenko, Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held unofficial meetings in Normandy on June 6, on the sidelines of the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-day landings.

Ukraine's gov't, self-defense agree ceasefire till June 27

The Ukrainian government and eastern militias agreed on Monday to a ceasefire, which will be in effect until 10 am on June 27 The former Ukrainian president, Leonid Kuchma, was speaking at a briefing after peace talks in Donetsk in which he had represented the government, Interfax reports.

The leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic hopes talks on a peaceful settlement of the conflict will start before June 27. Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, said on Rossiya 24 television.

"The ceasefire deadline remains the same, 10 am, June 27. We would like to say that a monitoring regime will be organized by the Russian side and on the part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. We hope that all through the ceasefire period both sides will manage to come to terms and start consultations on how the talks on a peaceful settlement of the conflict will proceed," Borodai said.

He also said that the militia is ready to stop fighting in response to a similar move by the Ukrainian side. "In response to a ceasefire by Kiev, we pledge to stop fighting on our part," Borodai said.

The leader of the Southeast group, Oleg Tsaryov, said peace negotiations in Donetsk on Monday between Ukraine's government and eastern Ukrainian militias would be followed by repeated.

"We suggested to the Ukrainian representatives that the next round of negotiations should be held in Slavyansk," Tsaryov told reporters.

The Russian ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, expressed the hope that militia leaders in eastern Ukraine would be willing to hold more negotiations to settle their conflict with the government after Monday's talks in Donetsk.

"We expect that the representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk work some more on their position shortly and tell us that they stand ready for further consultations to solve two problems: first of all, achieving a sustainable truce and sustainable peace, the non-resumption of fire and second, launching an inclusive negotiation process," Zurabov told Russia's television.

Heidi Tagliavini, a spokeswoman for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Ukraine said the body would continue searching for its team that went missing in Donetsk region. The OSCE is helping settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine but needs to be sure its people are safe, the spokeswoman said.

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