Ukraine, EU, Russia, US Strike Deal in Geneva

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Bulgaria: Ukraine, EU, Russia, US Strike Deal in Geneva The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (L) and Russia's Foreign Minister (R) were among those who attended the talks in Geneva. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Participants in Geneva's four-way meeting have agreed on measures to wind down tensions in the east and south of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia, US and Russian counterparts John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov, and the EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton found a common ground on Thursday and said military formations acting in the country must be dissolved.

They also said pro-Russian protesters occupying buildings across a number of eastern and southern cities must leave them.

An amnesty will be granted to the groups that Kiev describes as "separatists" if they comply with these demands.

More autonomy could also be assigned to areas with a significant number of Russian-speaking population. OSCE monitors are to de deployed in the regions of unrest to observe the process.

A joint statement was issued by participants in the Geneva talks and was later published online.

Thursday's document also calls for a national dialogue to be started in Ukraine comprising all groups living there, ITAR-TASS has reported.

It however condemns Kiev's recent decision to impose a ban on Russian citizens between 16 and 60 years old to enter the country.

The concrete steps approved at the talks "can be implemented immediately", as the BBC quoted the EU's Catherine Ashton as saying.

Deshchytsia declared that Kiev and Moscow had agreed to put "joint efforts to launch the process of de-escalation in eastern Ukraine."

Russia's top diplomat Lavrov once again stressed the need of constitutional reforms to ease tensions in Ukraine, but aknowledged that it was up to the country's leadership to deal with the situation.

US State Secretary John Kerry highlighted the "grotesque" turn of the situation, referring to reports that armed groups having overtaken control of Donetsk had ordered Jews in the city to register in accordance with their faith.

The four representatives were unanymous that their meeting was only the beginning of a political process leading to Ukraine's stabilization.

They also urged all sides in the conflict to refrain from violence.

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Optimistic - 21 Apr 2014 // 11:38:34

This deal says nothing about the armed facist groups and it does not require the illegal Kiev government to disarm them.

Over the weekend the illegal Kiev government said that the armed right sector protestors have permission from the Kiev city council to occupy the square so they are there legally so dont have to move or disarm.

Self determination protestors in the East will not disarm because they see the armed groups in the west being protected by the state.

And the attack in the east by terrorists supporting the illegal Kiev government proves that the self determination protestors need to remain armed to protect themselves.

Optimistic - 18 Apr 2014 // 12:51:41

The important things

Share prices are up since this deal was signed

Trade with Russia can carry on.

So the US and EU have given their business interests what they want.

They have given the Ukraine a deal that does nothing, both sides in the Uraine say that they do not accept the agreement, but from the Wests viewpoint they can get on and make money and who gives a fuck about the Uraine it was going to cost 18 billion anyway.

The West can now pull back, the have brokered a peace deal that makes them money and when the deal doesnt work they will blame the Ukraine and Russia.

The West moves on from Iraq, Afganistan and Libya before moving on they put theoretical agreements in place and then leave a mess behind.

Ukraine is next on their list as a mess to leave behind.

sa-sha - 18 Apr 2014 // 12:38:09

"John Kerry...referring to reports that armed groups having overtaken control of Donetsk had ordered Jews in the city to register in accordance with their faith"---well, after "referendum in Kosovo", this fresh "pearl" of the US official shouldn't puzzle. The sticked (by the unknown "heroes") on poles leaflets with the ABSURD text, which make people in Donetsk laugh, what A GREAT the hands of the card cheater. I'm about You, JK. Shame.
"They also said pro-Russian protesters occupying buildings across a number of eastern and southern cities must leave them"---drunk a bit, Dear Novinite? First, not "pro-Russian" but Anti-Maidan protesters. Then, what about
those who captured buildings in Western regions and Kiev? That's why "They also said ALL protesters occupying buildings must leave them". Try to be a bit less biased, dear Novinite.

Optimistic - 18 Apr 2014 // 12:05:07

This looks like a lot of empty rubbish.

You did not involve people from Eastern Ukraine at these discussions.

It will be interesting to see the facts on the ground over the next few days.

If the pro democracy Eastern activists stay in possesion of government buildings and hold referendums on self determination and take more government buildings then things will move forward.

I bet the Right Sektor is really pissed off with this agreement and the stupid incompotent lowlife government they forced into power. the right sektor are clearly fucking idiots, murderous fucking idiots.

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