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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko: Ukraine and Russia to start talks over the situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ukrainian President Petro
Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin in France
(Image: Mashable)
Amid the tensions in Eastern Ukraine and ongoing anti-terrorist operation, launched by Ukrainian military and security forces against pro-Russian and Russian terrorists and separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian newly elected President Petro Poroshenko had a short meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin in France, during a ceremony of a D-Day in Normandy.

The meeting, arranged by the French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was short and informal, but it was actually an important step towards the possibility of de-escalation of the situation in Eastern Ukraine and resolving of the deepening crisis in Ukraine and in the relationships between the two neighboring countries, as Russia is backing the terrorists in Donetsk and Luhansk region.

The result of this short meeting was an agreement to finally start negotiations between Ukraine and Russia over the de-escalation of the tense situation in Eastern Ukraine and the further relations. Petro Poroshenko declared after the short meeting that general atmosphere of it was tense, but some important steps were made, as the sides agreed to start the talks in the nearest future.

Russian official representative is expected to arrive in Kyiv this weekend in order to start the first round of the talks.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian Vladimir Putin
in France
(Image: CBC)
Petro Poroshenko stated about the results of the short meeting with Putin: “We’ve achieved some agreements regarding the following issues: Russian representative will arrive in Ukraine in order to discuss the first steps of the peaceful de-escalation of the conflict and the plan with the steps of Russian and Ukrainian sides. In addition to that, we expect that Russian President will cancel the decision of Federation Council about use of Russian military forces on the territory of Ukraine”. The joint decisions and steps of the two sides in order to restore an order on the border between the countries and to stop the violence and terrorist activities will be also taken.

Petro Poroshenko stated that despite the general tension between the two countries the first steps for the peaceful dialogue were made, and they could bring good results. It is also expected that Russian officials will recognize the results of Ukrainian Presidential elections as well.
Press-service of Russian President Vladimir Putin didn’t give many comments regarding the latest meeting between the two Presidents, but it was mentioned that Putin welcomed the initial plan of Mr.Poroshenko to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, a massive anti-terrorist operation is ongoing in Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Eastern Ukraine, as terrorists still continue to control several positions in the Eastern Ukrainian cities. The battles between Ukrainian army and security forces and forces of the so called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, backed by Russia, continue in the region. Several parts of the restive region are already under control of Ukrainian forces, as Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard and security forces have destroyed nearly 500 terrorists and many of their checkpoints and training bases at the moment.

Ukrainian soldiers launching an anti-terrorist operation in Eastern
(Image: BBC)
The efficiency of the anti-terrorist operation increased significantly after the announcement of the results of the early Presidential elections in Ukraine. After the new Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will be officially sworn at office as Ukrainian fifth President on Saturday, 7 June, the efficiency of the operation is expected o increase more, as the President has more powers than an acting President.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in his turn has stated in his official inauguration speech on Saturday, that Ukrainian authorities will make everything possible in order to peacefully resolve the situation in Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian officials will hold negotiations with the peaceful representatives and residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Early local elections will be held in the region in the nearest future. Thus, despite the tense situation in Eastern Ukraine, situation could improve as Ukraine has an officially elected and sworn President, and the dialogue with the neighboring Russia is expected to start.