Russia's Foreign Minister Calls for Kiev-Donbass Talks
No solution to the Ukraine crisis could be reached if authorities do not engage in a dialogue with "opponents of Kiev's regime", Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Monday.
At a press conference, Lavrov stressed the importance of a "national dialogue" in Ukraine based on a proposal by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
He nevertheless added he remained skeptical that any talks could take place.
According to ITAR-TASS Lavrov also ruled out the prospect of a new meeting on Ukraine.
His words come amid reports that self-government in eastern Ukraine has been supported by an overwhelming majority on Sunday's local polls.
Over 96% of voters at the 'self-rule' referendum held May 11 in Ukraine's Luhansk voted in favour, while over 89% did the same in Donetsk, according to Russian media reports.
Kremlin officials were quoted by ITAR-TASS as saying that Moscow would treat with 'respect' the expression of Donetsk and Luhansk population's will.
They also said they hoped that its results would lead to a substantial dialogue between Kiev's government and east Ukrainian representatives.
All ballots were declared processed in Donetsk Monday morning.
Official results are expected later during the day.
Donetsk governor Serhiy Taruta, who was appointed by the interim leadership in Kiev short after the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, made some comments on the referendums hours ahead of the official results.
Taruta was clear the results of the 'self-rule' vote would not be recognized, describing it as a 'pseudo-referendum'.
He insisted that a new poll should be held in Donetsk and added he would put forward June 15 as a new date for it.
"We do need a referendum. A legitimate one. One with observers and district commissions, one that is not held at gun points. Interim President and Prime Minister have accepted our proposal. This will be a consultative referendum on decentralization," Taruta was quoted by UNIAN news agency as saying.
The Governor also called for the "anti-terrorist" operation to be suspended in the Donbass, as he believed it was time for dialogue with pro-Russian activists.
Kiev, the EU and US have condemned the local self-government referendum held on Sunday in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Brussels and Washington have also stressed the importance of the upcoming May 25 presidential vote, with pro-Russian activists have vowed to boycott.
EU leaders are expected to meet further on Monday and discuss a new round of sanctions against Moscow in response to the ongoing Ukrainian unrest.
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Tanya don't waste your time with the 3 Russian scum trolls of sa-sha, the crazy dude (Yane/Optimistic/Vlad K) and George Zheliazkov. They only post on things related to Russia, they never post on anything related to Bulgaria, its economy or politics unless its related to Russia.
Let them post between themselves and entertain themselves. Everyone knows they are Russian troll propagandists. Don't let them annoy you and get you to argue with them because that's what they are here for.
...;-)...It seems that Tania knows everything about "lavatory". The own experience is a great deal.............
"Politburo"?....;-)....Nice remark! Modern synonyms: "US Dept. of State" and its European branch "EUSSR".
Their words must be taken as gospel, their "deeds" are the sacred cow. Politburo at its purest. NEW POLITBURO...
.....and only the real paranoid, Forever Paranoid, don't see the obvious: the scattered around the world ~800 military bases. WHO is the OWNER? The same Holders of the same "Gospel".....What on earth "Russia"?
The entire World must belong to the glorious Holders. The entire World for the New Politburo!
Any "dissension will not be tolerated"!!! Toast.
he West is still fighting world war 2 and trying to push its area of control eastwards.
Democratic people in East and South Ukraine are trying to stop this and to set up governments that their people want instead of being controlled by western puppets in Kiev.
So the West gets its puppet government in Kiev to go and kill unarmed people in East and South Ukraine.
The oblasts that had the sucessful self determination referendums should expel the illegal Kiev forces from its territory, it should establish dialogue with who ever will talk with them and create trade agreements with who ever wants to trade with them.
These will give them security, extend diplomacy and persue economic development.
The time for talk has passed. Putin must step down and there must be free elections in Russia with NATO overseeing the election. The Russian people must be liberated from these fascist buffoons (Putin/Lavrov). The nonalcoholic Russians have been kept captive too long by the drunks. There should be a referendum in all Russian provinces and a disbanding of the Russian military as well as giving up all weapons of mass destruction. Putin must go!!