Sergei Lavrov sees 'chance for peace' in Ukraine

Russian minister's comments follow Ukrainian President's statement that 24 hours have passed without bloodshed for first time in seven months

Sergei Lavrov sees 'chance for peace' in Ukraine
World Bulletin/News Desk
 
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he believes a "chance for peace" in Ukraine has been reached.

Lavrov's statement came on Friday hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko issued a statement saying that no Ukrainian military personnel had been wounded or killed in the past 24 hours.

Lavrov said at a meeting of the Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund in Moscow: "A real chance to establish peace in Ukraine has appeared."

"It was difficult, but nonetheless negotiations and a ceasefire have been established."

"We also have a common basis for constructive progress on other issues, including economic recovery in Donbass and a political dialogue, which should ultimately lead to a constitutional reform in Ukraine with the participation of all regions and all political forces," he added.

The conflict in eastern Ukraine between the government and pro-Russian separatists has left 3,600 dead and 8,700 wounded between mid-April and 6 October, according to a UN report.

Last Mod: 13 Aralık 2014, 09:29
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