12 April, 18:34

Four-way meeting on Ukraine not yet arranged - Moscow

Four-way meeting on Ukraine not yet arranged - Moscow

Moscow on Saturday expressed surprise at alleged statements by US State Department figures that a proposed quadrilateral meeting between Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States to seek a solution to the Ukrainian crisis has already been arranged, according to Interfax.

"To avoid any contradictions, we would like to reaffirm that preparations for such an event are still continuing but that there is no common understanding yet either on the agenda or on the format," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

"If the United States has agreed all the points already in a 'narrow circle' - without Russia - with other participants, setting the date and venue for the meeting and approving plans to discuss the situation not just in Ukraine but also 'around it,' maybe it will be in a position to announce the results right now? Perhaps the United States will also tell us what needs to be done to clear Ukraine's Gazprom debt?" Lukashevich said.

"The American side doesn't stop at claiming that its own idea of the negotiation process has had everyone else's approval. At a briefing on April 11, State Department Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki used a patently unacceptable formula by insisting that negotiators from the current Ukrainian government would represent all the regions, 'including Crimea,'" Lukashevich said.

"Washington may, of course, go on with its wishful thinking. However, this is a fruitless exercise. From our viewpoint, attention must mainly be focused on how to make the current authorities in Kiev to at last try to draw all principal political forces of Ukraine and all regions of that country into the search for ways of surmounting its deep crisis," he said.

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