An international conference on Ukraine initiated by Germany, France and Poland

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Germany, France and Poland launched an initiative to convene an international conference on Ukraine offering Russia to be part of the process.

The goal is to consolidate international support for the country and discuss the necessary reforms needed to stabilize Ukraine; this might include deciding on technical assistance and coordination of international aid reads the German, French and Polish Foreign Ministry statement, which has been adopted in Weimar.

A few days ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said federalization of Ukraine was the only way out of the crisis.

Russia believes that there is no other way to settle the political crisis in Ukraine than the federalization of the country. "We are convinced that the constitutional reform in Ukraine should include federalization as one of its main objectives".

"Ukraine’s unity should be realized within the framework of taking the interests of the country’s all regions into account, without exceptions. Ukraine’s western, eastern and southern regions have distinct political traditions and different interests, and to make Ukraine functional as one state, a compromise between all these interests should be found" said Lavrov.

"However, it is up to Ukrainian people to solve their own problems. Nobody has the right to impose any schemes on the country. To solve the crisis the interests of all regions should be taken into account and all controversial issues should be discussed with respect to political, economic, religious and linguistic tradition of all regions of Ukraine" the Russian Foreign Minister added.

(Oroszország Hangja – the Voice of Russia –


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