Russia urges immediate implementation of "roadmap"

Russia's Foreign Ministry desires the urgent start of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's

Russia's Foreign Ministry desires the urgent start of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's "roadmap" for Ukraine.

MOSCOW – Russia’s Foreign Ministry Tuesday urged the immediate launch of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s “roadmap” to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

“Of key importance is its provision urging the stopping of violence, which means the Kiev government must end its punitive operations in Ukraine’s southeastern regions,” the ministry said, adding “It is necessary to unblock settlements, to pull back the regular army and other armed units, including Right Sector forces and mercenaries.”

 “We are confident that an absolute priority of the current agenda is the organization of unbiased and transparent international backing to the investigation into the May 2 tragedy in Odessa and all instances of armed attacks on the civilian population in Ukraine’s southeast in the recent days,” the ministry continued. 

The proposed “roadmap” for the de-escalation of tensions in Ukraine drawn up by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe focuses on “restraint from violence, disarmament, national dialogue, and elections”.  It is supported by Russia, the US, the EU, and the authorities in Kiev.

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