Lavrov hopes more pressure over Poroshenko

Russia expects more pressure from Germany and France over Ukraine

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he is expecting more pressure from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande over Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to implement peace plan for eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported.

"It is necessary in our view to mount additional pressure on Kiev," Lavrov told reporters in Sevastopol, Crimea on Wednesday stressing that both countries Germany and France are guarantors of the peace agreement that was decided in February.

"We expect that on August 24 .... Germany and France, who are the guarantors of the implementation of the Minsk agreement, will do everything to ensure it is carried out in full," Lavrov said.

Moscow blames Kiev that failed to deliver on multiple provisions of the Minsk Agreement –called as Minsk II- that was decided in February.

Minsk II agreement was signed among the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany to take measures for appeasing the ongoing war in the Donbass region of Ukraine on Feb. 11, 2015.

Moscow also says that Ukrainian government should hold talks with representatives of the self-proclaimed Russian-backed forces who govern Donetsk and Luhansk.

The Ukrainian part unwillingly responses and does not involve in a negotiation with rebels.

The leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine will meet in Berlin on Monday in an effort to stop a new wave of violence in eastern Ukraine.

Putin and Obama in UN

Lavrov also announced in Crimea that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the UN General Assembly at the end of September and would "consider constructively" any request for a meeting there with US President Barack Obama.

"The General Assembly will be not the only forum where the presidents of Russia and the U.S. will be taking part. Apart from the meetings marking the UN's 70th anniversary, there will be a G20 summit in Antalya and an APEC summit in the Philippines, which will take place in November," he said.

Lavrov also added "We proceed on the basis that our US colleagues send us signals on whether they want to continue maintaining contacts. If there is such a proposal from their side, I think our president will consider it constructively.”

Russian and West relations especially with the US bottomed out in March 2014 following Crimea's secession from Ukraine and reunification with Russia.

Recently Obama thanked Putin on the phone as a part of the Iran deal who both last met in person in November.


TRTWorld and agencies