Deputy Defense Minister: Russia stands for peaceful settlement in Ukraine based on dialogue

President Vladimir Putin has definitively spelled out the Russian position on the Ukraine crisis, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said at a press conference on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin has definitively spelled out the Russian position on the Ukraine crisis, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said at a press conference on Wednesday.

"We stand for the peaceful settlement in Ukraine which can be achieved through a peaceful national dialogue involving all regions and political forces of the country," he said.

"A group of Russian servicemen has been working since October of this year outside the military conflict zone in Ukraine at the request of the Ukrainian General Staff," the deputy minister continued.

"A joint center for control and coordination of the ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the security zone has been set up to assist in the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements," he said.

"A dialogue between the Ukrainian Armed Forces, representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and OSCE monitors is being maintained with the Russian mediation," he said.

"Hopefully, these efforts will eventually lead to stabilization," the deputy minister said.

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