Lavrov: Ukrainian authorities disregard, flagrantly violate Geneva accords

The Kiev authorities flagrantly violate the Geneva agreements reached last week between Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

The Kiev authorities flagrantly violate the Geneva agreements reached last week between Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"It is not just that the Geneva accords are being disregarded but also steps are being taken, primarily by those who have seized the power in Kiev, in flagrant violation of the Geneva agreements," he told a press conference in reply to an Interfax question.

"Claims are being made against the southeastern regions over the failure to vacate the occupied buildings and to remove roadblocks but the authorities have done nothing, have not lifted a finger, to do away with the causes of the profound Ukrainian internal crisis," the minister said.

Speaking of a statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said that the Geneva agreements must be fulfilled early this week or otherwise Russia would face sanctions, Lavrov said, "The agreements did not set any deadlines but mentioned that measures must be taken immediately."

The minister said that primarily applied to the restoration of order in Ukraine. "It means the activity of illegal armed units must stop, these units must be disarmed, a lid must be put on any manifestations of extremism and religious intolerance, political prisoners and protesters must be amnestied, the constitutional dialogue must begin and so on," he continued.

"But, most importantly, violence must be prevented. This is No. 1 item, the first demand made by the Geneva agreement to everyone opposing each other in Ukraine," the minister said.

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