Moscow is hoping that Washington will use its influence on Kiev to keep the Ukrainian authorities from using violence to resolve the crisis in the southeastern part of the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"The United States has been involved in Ukrainian affairs for a long time, but [this involvement is] not always constructive. We are hoping that Washington will use its significant influence on the Kyiv authorities in the light of the Sochi negotiations to keep them from new reckless military schemes and encourage Kyiv to closely observe Minsk-2 [the agreements reached in Minsk on February 12]," Lavrov said at a 'government hour' meeting of the Federation Council on May 20.
The most important issue in the settlement is the fulfillment of the obligation to establish direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk.
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