Ukraine Officially admits progress in Geneva talks

Kiev, 19 April-2014(IANS): Ukraine’s acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya Friday acknowledged the progress achieved in Geneva during the four-party talks over Ukraine crisis, but said some differences still remained.

Ukraine Officially admits progress in Geneva talks

Building of the National Bank of Ukraine

Building of the National Bank of Ukraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Russia agreed to facilitate de-escalation of the situation in the eastern regions,” Xinhua quoted Deshchytsya as telling media.

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the US and the European Union reached a deal Thursday to defuse the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine and resolve dispute between Kiev and Moscow on the issue.

Deshchytsya said the sides have reached a compromise on some crucial issues, including implementation of far-reaching constitutional reform in Ukraine and amnesty to pro-Russian protesters.

There were, however, some stumbling blocks during the negotiations, Deshchytsya said, pointing out the divergence between Moscow and Kiev over Ukraine’s political and military status.

The two post-Soviet neighbours also have different positions on Crimea’s integration into Russia and on Moscow’s involvement in unrest in eastern Ukraine, he added.

The unrest in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking east occurred after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea March 18 following a referendum.

A new wave of violence erupted in the country’s east over the weekend, as pro-Moscow activists seized several administrative buildings in nearly 10 eastern cities. The sought a referendum on autonomy and closer ties with Russia.