Kerry suggested Lavrov publicly urge southeast Ukraine to disarmament

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, in a telephone conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Moscow has publicly called on protesters in the south-eastern Ukraine, lay down their arms, and warned of tougher sanctions against Russia in the absence of progress in implementing the Geneva agreements.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that in the next telephone conversation held on the initiative of the United States, Lavrov reiterated the need for urgent action Kiev faithful implementation of the Geneva agreements. As noted in Moscow, Kerry argued that the Kiev authorities have announced steps that are required but not provided concrete evidence to support the translation of these declarations into practice.

“Secretary expressed his deep concern about the lack of positive steps on the part of Russia to de-escalate the situation <…>. He urged Russia to reduce the intensity of rhetoric, in the east to join the diplomatic efforts of the OSCE and the Ukrainian government, and to state publicly that occupied the people should lay down their arms in exchange for amnesty, “- said in a statement the State Department.

“Secretary Kerry reiterated that the absence of moderate progress in implementing the Geneva agreements will strengthen sanctions against Russia”, - said the State Department.

Head of the U.S. foreign minister also called Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk. According to Kerry, Kiev is taking steps to de-escalate the situation.

On Thursday held talks in Geneva between Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU on the crisis in eastern Ukraine. The parties agreed on measures to de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine - under the terms of the agreement is necessary to disarm illegal groups, release the illegally occupied buildings and initiate a national dialogue on constitutional reform. About a week ago, the Ukrainian authorities have started a special operation involving the army in the south-east of the country since March rallies supporters federalization. After talks in Geneva reported that the active phase of the operation is minimized, but on Tuesday it became known that the designated and Rada. about. President Alexander Turchinov demanded a special operation to resume.

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