July 23, 2014
Russia urges US to use 'influence' to stop Kiev's military operations
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his US counterpart John Kerry that the US should use its influence to make Ukraine's government immediately stop military operations in south-east Ukraine, the Russian foreign ministry has said.
In a statement released today, Lavrov also said that it was important that the mediating role of the OSCE was increased to secure Kiev's fulfillment of the Geneva declaration on de-escalating tensions in Ukraine.
"Chances of this still exist," the statement said, as long as all Ukrainian regions are represented in a national dialogue on constitutional reform, and "terrorists" from the Right Sector group are curbed.