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V.Putin calls on Ukrainian military, Donbass militias to take measures to stop shelling

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the Ukrainian military and militias take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions, Russia’s television Channel One cited a message to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

 “I suggest that both parties - the Ukrainian military and Donbass, DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, respectively) take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions and pull out weapons of over 100 mm caliber,” the message says.

Vladimir Putin also said that Russia, along with OSCE, ready to organize control over pullout of heavy weaponry in Ukraine. Putin calls on Ukrainian military and militias to pull out weapons of over 100mm caliber to distance fixed in Minsk memorandum.

“We are ready to organize, jointly with the OSCE, control over the realization of these steps,” the document says.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to spare no effort to settle the situation in Ukraine peacefully. 

The Russian leader stressed that the process of peace settlement on the basis of the Minsk memorandum of September 19, 2014 was on the brink of frustration.

To remedy the situation, Putin suggested that “both parties - the Ukrainian military and Donbass, DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, respectively) take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions and pull out weapons of over 100 mm caliber,” according to Putin’s message to Poroshenko cited by Russia’s television Channel One on Sunday.

Itar-tass, January 18, 2015

Comment by the Information and Press Department on the parliamentary elections in Tunisia

   On 26 October, the Tunisian Republic held elections to the National Constituent Assembly, its standing legislature, for the term of five years. The 217 seats in the new parliament were contested by representatives of dozens of political parties and by independent candidates. Voting took place in Tunisia's 33 electoral districts and abroad. The turnout was 61.8 per cent. The results are expected to be announced by 30 October.

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Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with Life News television and Izvestia daily, Moscow, 27 October 2014

Minister Sergey Lavrov

Question: Ukraine has just held parliamentary elections. Does Moscow recognise them?

Sergey Lavrov: The elections are being monitored by observers, including OSCE observers, and there are Russian representatives among them. This time, Russia’s Federal Assembly did not send a separate observer team to the elections, so we will wait for the conclusions of the international OSCE team.
The elections seem to be valid, though not in every part of Ukraine. I think Russia will recognise their results as it is critically important for Ukraine to obtain, at long last, a leadership that will not engage in petty infighting and drag the country from east to west and back again, but one that will address real Ukrainian problems. Ukraine needs a government that will think how the nation should regain unity. It needs a government to guarantee an equal status to all Ukrainian citizens irrespective of the language they speak and political convictions they have. No one should be victimised on political and other grounds, as has been the case until recently.

Question: Considering the latest updates, the Verkhovna Rada will be a multi-party house as several political blocs have made it to parliament, including the Radical Party of Oleg Lyashko. You warned in Norway how dangerous ultranationalism is for Europe. How would you explain that bloc’s success?

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Welcoming remarks by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the participants and guests of the 3rd International Conference “Russia and Europe: Topical Issues of Modern International Journalism”

   I heartily welcome the participants and guests of this conference, who have gathered in Vienna to discuss the topical issues of international journalism.

   International relations today have wound up in a turbulence zone. They are characterised by a significant rise in instability and unpredictability. Under these conditions, it is especially important to observe professional ethics standards in the international information field. Attempts to unleash information wars and play without rules only further destabilise the situation, and deepen threats to security and equal cooperation between states and peoples based on mutual respect. There is demand for truly independent, competent and daring journalism, oriented not towards egotistical interests, but towards the need to serve truth and justice.

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