Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin hopes that a videoconference of the tripartite contact group of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE with representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) will be held in the coming days. He has stated this in an interview to the Kommersant newspaper.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged Kiev to engage in dialogue with the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian authorities should establish contact with self-defense forces in the east of the country, Steinmeier told reporters during his visit to Mongolia. He confirmed earlier reports that a contact group of Ukrainian officials and representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) had met in Kiev the day before.
A fresh round of talks could be held between Kiev and representatives of southeastern Ukraine on Tuesday, July 1, Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic, told Interfax.
The newly proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic is ready for peace talks only when Ukraine pulls its troops back from its territory and from the Lugansk People's Republic, Donetsk republic's Prime Minister Alexander Borodai said on Friday after the next round of consultations on the conflict settlement in Ukraine's southeast. "Naturally, we want such talks to begin," he said, adding that the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics however had one condition they had repeatedly put forth. "We will begin such talks when Right Sector and National Guards units, and police forces are drawn off from the territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics," he stressed.
Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, a member of a tripartite contact group on settling the crisis in eastern Ukraine, says he is prepared for holding another meeting of the group together with its other members at Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's request, Interfax reports.
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Sunday to back talks between Kiev and rebels in eastern Ukraine, AFP reports.
Donetsk People's Republic is ready to have negotiations with Ukraine, but only with Russia's mediation, Denis Pushilin, chairman of the Supreme Council of the Donetsk People's Republic, said.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos will announce peace talks with the leftist ELN or National Liberation Army rebel group later on Tuesday, said left-wing former senator Piedad Cordoba.
Colombia's government and the FARC rebel group called on the public Tuesday to support a peace process that is under challenge in the country's closely contested presidential elections. The government's chief negotiator and his rebel counterpart made the appeals at the start of a brief round of talks here overshadowed by the race between President Juan Manuel Santos and Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, a vehement opponent of the Havana negotiations.
Presidential election in Syria is not an obstacle for resuming the Geneva talks, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and president's Middle East envoy Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday, according to Itar-Tass news agency.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new unity government earlier on Monday. The reconciliation deal between the Hamas Islamist group and the Fatah movement marks a significant step towards ending a rift among the political factions. The Voice of Russia talked to Alan Hart in London, former ITN and BBC Panorama correspondent with expertise in Middle Eastern political history and Israeli Palestine relations.
The Kremlin and the Government of the Russian Federation are continuing to react to the events in Ukraine with the core goal of ensuring an end to the bloodshed and a normalization of relations with its neighbor. Although not officially recognizing the recent presidential election in Ukraine the Kremlin is ready to recognize the government in Kiev when the results are officially tabulated and certified and if they show the will of the Ukrainian people. Above all the Kremlin wishes stability and an end to the bloodshed and the unacceptable military operations against the people of Ukraine in the eastern part of the country being conducted by the current regime.
President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday welcomed US plans to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by the end of 2016, and called on Taliban insurgents to seize the opportunity to seek peace, AFP reports.
Colombian voters headed to polls Sunday for a presidential vote seen as a referendum on the government's peace talks with Marxist guerrillas to end a half-century-old civil war. Polling stations in Colombia opened on schedule Sunday morning at 8:00 am (13:00 GMT) for the first round election, with more than 32 million eligible to vote.
The Geneva process on Syria should be resumed as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. Following the resignation of UN/Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, the negotiating process "turned out to be frozen," the ministry made a point on Wednesday.
A ceasefire between South Sudan's government and rebels was due to come into effect Saturday following a deal to end a brutal five-month war that has pushed the country to the brink of genocide and famine.
Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy has announced that the Armed Forces operation in the east of the country will continue regardless of any decision to be made by representatives of the "Donetsk People's Republic" concerning their so-called referendum, set for May 11.
The co-chairman of the "Donetsk People's Republic government", Denis Pushilin, has announced that representatives of Ukraine's southeastern regions are ready to again engage in negotiations with the current authorities in Kiev and listen to what they have to say. "We have never rejected any talks. We have always been involved. But, regrettably, Kiev has always deceived us. It means that it [Kiev] has not implemented its agreements. Its signatures and words are worth nothing," Pushilin told the Rossiya 24 television station on Wednesday.
A conference on establishing a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East is possible this year, director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament at Russia's Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov told TASS on Monday.