Moscow and Athens agree that the Ukraine crisis cannot be resolved militarily, and peace can be achieved only through a direct dialogue between the conflicting parties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"It is our mutual conviction that [the conflict in Ukraine] cannot be resolved militarily. The way to peace lies through direct dialogue between the Kyiv authorities and those who want to defend their land in the southeast," Lavrov said at a press conference following negotiations with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said.
Lavrov insisted that the rights of all people living in Ukraine, including a Greek minority living there, must be ensured. "There are also other minorities in Ukraine, including the Hungarian, Romanian, and Bulgarian ones," he added.
"We believe all of them should be confident that the processes ongoing in Ukraine will end up in a political settlement that would take into account also the interests of these Ukrainians who are ethnically of Bulgarian, Romanian, Hungarian, Greek and other backgrounds," he said.
"Surely, this can be done only within the framework of an all-embracing constitutional reform, upon which we agreed long ago, but the start of which has been dragged out," he said.
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