Friday, May 9, 2014

Presidential elections in Ukraine to be pointless without nation-wide dialogue - Lavrov

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Voice of Russia | May 8, 2014

The presidential elections in Ukraine, scheduled for May 25, will be meaningless without nation-wide dialogue aimed at constitutional reform, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Lavrov spoke on the telephone with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on May 8 and the conversation was held on France's initiative, said Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement on its website.

"The situation in Ukraine was discussed. Lavrov has supported an immediate stop by Kiev of using armed forces against its own people and settling broad nation-wide dialogue aimed at fair constitutional reform taking into account interests of all political forces and regions. Otherwise, the presidential elections scheduled in Ukraine on May 25 will be pointless," the document said, according to Interfax.

"The minister has also emphasized that Russia expects the slaughter in Odessa to be investigated in an unbiased and comprehensive way and those guilty to be punished seriously. On his side, Fabius welcomed the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin made at the joint news conference with Swiss President, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter, which, in his opinion, opens opportunities for the long-awaited tension de-escalation," the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

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