Some important agreements were reached at a quadripartite meeting in Geneva on April 17 between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the aim of the Geneva meeting was to send a strong message to the Ukrainians that they are responsible for stability in their country.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine, as well as the recent talks in Geneva and agreements that were made there, with the Russia’s Security Council members, Kremlin press service reports. Participants in the meeting discussed the current situation in Ukraine in the light of the four-party consultations held on Thursday in Geneva and agreements reached in these consultations.
After huddling for six hours, the four parties at today's Geneva talks—Russia, Ukraine, the EU, and the US—emerged with something no one thought possible: a deal. The statement announced that the parties had agreed to "initial concrete steps to de-escalate tensions and restore security"; it called for a broad national dialogue and constitutional reform. The coup-imposed Ukrainian Foreign Minister said it will not affect the "anti-terrorist" operation in the East of the country and the troops will remain there.
The US hopes that the current government of Ukraine in the next few days will begin to apply the measures elaborated by the participants of quadripartite meeting in Geneva to settle the Ukrainian crisis, said on Thursday the US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia, US, EU and Ukraine recognized the need to disarm illegal groups in Ukraine, free squares and streets and amnesty the protesters in order to bring the country out of the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after four-party talks in Geneva. The participants of the quadrilateral talks on ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine have stressed the urgency of a national dialogue leading to constitutional reform in the country, the minister added.
The entry ban imposed by Ukraine on certain groups of Russian citizens is outrageous, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
Moscow has no plans to send its troops to Ukraine as the move would go against Russia's core interests in the region, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. "We have no desire to send our troops to Ukraine, on the territory of a friendly state, on the territory where our brotherly people live," Lavrov told reporters after quadrilateral talks on Ukrainian crisis in Geneva. "It is against Russia's core interests," Lavrov said.
Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States were unanimous during talks in Geneva on Thursday that settling the Ukrainian crisis must be the job of the Ukrainians themselves, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Four-party meeting has approved a document on deescalation of tension in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Russia, US, EU urge all sides in Ukraine to refrain from violence, the Russian foreign minister stressed. Russia will support OSCE mission in Ukraine towards dialogue, Lavrov noted. There is still a chance that the quadrilateral talks in Geneva on how to handle the current crisis in Ukraine could be wrapped up on Thursday, a Russian source close to negotiations said.
There is still a chance that the quadrilateral talks in Geneva on how to handle the current crisis in Ukraine could be wrapped up on Thursday, a Russian source close to negotiations said. "The work continues. We hope that it will be finished today," the source said. The source could not clarify what kind of a document may be adopted at the talks, but said it would be "a substantive text." Western sources at the talks earlier expressed doubts about the possibility of finalizing negotiations by the end of the day.
Four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine with delegates from Russia, the EU, and the US began in Geneva on Thursday. The meeting, aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine, is being attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia.
Quadripartite talks on Ukraine ended in Geneva amid continuing protests in Ukrainian south-east. LIVE UPDATES
Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has said he is convinced that the upcoming four-party meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva will help find solutions that will prevent any further escalation of the situation in Ukraine.
A quadripartite meeting of Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine dedicated to the Ukrainian crisis settlement so far remains on the agenda, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Russia is ready to take interim steps towards resuming the Syria talks at the Geneva II international conference at the earliest opportunity, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva Alexei Borodavkin said. "We want the Syria talks to resume and a third round to be held as soon as possible, and we are ready to take interim steps towards that," he said. "We could, for example, hold a new round of consultations between Russia, the United States and the United Nations."
The 27th round of discussions on efforts to ensure security and stability in the Transcaucasus will take place in Geneva on Wednesday. The delegations of Abkhazia, Georgia, Russia, the United States, and South Ossetia will take part in the consultations under the auspices of the UN, the European Union, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Wednesday's discussion will be traditionally held in the format of two task groups on security issues and on humanitarian matters.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged to restart negotiations on Syrian peace, also known as the Geneva-2 conference. Mr. Ban called for a sooner start of the third round of talks, saying he hoped it would bring about more progress than the previous two stages. He also asked Russia, the United States and Middle East countries to pressure both the Assad government and the opposition to sit down at the negotiating table.
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is leaving for Geneva on Monday, where he will participate in the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Committee.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi in Geneva on Monday at a human rights council session, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported. There were no further details, but since the last round of talks on Syria, Brahimi has been trying to bridge the gap between the main negotiators.
The general balance of powers in the Syrian conflict has been tipped towards the country’s government and away from its fractured opposition. This is according to Sergei Grinyayev, a Russian political analyst and Director of the Center for Strategic Assessment and Prognosis.