Russia is calling for a halt to the military operation in the southeastern regions of Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"We still insist on the first unconditional step: a halt of the so-called anti-terrorist operation, which is turning into actions aimed at terrorizing citizens of Ukraine just for their political convictions," Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow on Monday.
The minister said the halt of the military operation will be fully in line with the Geneva statement issued on April 17 and the OSCE "roadmap," which "gives priority to the demand to stop violence."
"No doubt, the first step should be to stop this military operation. The OSCE mission in Ukraine and its representatives who are in the combat area should assume initiative by acting as mediators and reaching agreements on the sequence of the steps to de-escalate the situation," the minister said.
"This punitive operation, the use of the army against the population do not help create conditions for a true nationwide dialogue in Ukraine for the purpose of reaching agreements on national reconciliation, on a constitutional reform that suits everyone," he said.
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