Russia accuses Ukraine of Failure to Seek Reconciliation

Kiev, May 15 (QNA) – Russia on Thursday accused Ukraine of failing to seek dialogue with separatist insurgents in the country’s east.

“We are astonished by the stubborn unwillingness of the Kiev authorities to begin a real process of national reconciliation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told reporters in Moscow, Russian news agencies reported.

The criticism came one day after round table talks about national dialogue were held in Kiev to stop the ongoing violence – but without separatist representatives.

Ukrainian leaders were quoted by Alliance News as saying they will not speak to people with “blood on their hands,” while separatist leaders have demanded that the government first withdraw its troops.

Lukashevich said the absence of real dialogue was a serious violation of the April 17 Geneva agreement, in which Russia and Ukraine agreed on steps to de-escalate the conflict.(QNA)

Leave a Reply