Second Geneva meeting could be held before Ukraine presidential elections - Ukraian FM

A place and date for the second round of multilateral talks on Ukraine are not known yet, but it could take place on May 25, when the first round of early presidential elections is to be held in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

A place and date for the second round of multilateral talks on Ukraine are not known yet, but it could take place on May 25, when the first round of early presidential elections is to be held in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

"No final decision has been made yet, consultations continue, so it would be premature to speculate on the venue or date of the meeting," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevhen Perebyinis said at a press briefing in Kiev on Monday.

Asked whether a second round of the talks could be held before the presidential elections, he said, "It could be before the elections."

"Ukraine remains committed to the Geneva agreements. But we categorically reject Russia's attempts to blame Kiev for not fulfilling the agreements, and we say that Russia itself has not taken any steps to de-escalate the situation and honor the Geneva agreements," he said.

"We positively assess the initiative to hold a regular round of consultations between the signatories to the Geneva agreements," Perebyinis said.

Consultations are underway between all the parties concerned, he said.

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