Russia favours Ukraine for future peace talks: Sergei Lavrov

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Russia in favour of talks with Ukraine
Moscow, June 11: Russia is ready to support Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkon's bid for persuading all sides to sit down for talks, and welcomes his decision on creating humanitarian corridors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

The remarks were made as foreign ministers of Russia, Germany and Poland held consultations on Tuesday on how to settle the Ukraine crisis, Xinhua reported.

A joint statement was released afterwards, detailing the approaches based on the Joint April 17 Geneva Agreement on the Ukraine crisis and the roadmap of the Organization for Security and Cooperation Europe.

"We support the agreements fixed in the Geneva statement and the OSCE roadmap. We hope that Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko who proclaimed the task of ending the conflict and finding a way out of the crisis is going to act in this direction, " Lavrov said.

The minister also welcomed Poroshenko's decision to create humanitarian corridors for refugees in southeast Ukraine.

"We have heard that Poroshenko has announced the intention to create humanitarian corridors for the residents in Ukraine's southeast regions who want to leave. We welcome this move. This is a step in the right direction," he said.


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