The head of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. Lavrov Century on the last working day of the week to take part in General political discussions in Paris during the UNESCO General conference, after which they will fly to Berlin, where will take place the dialogues of Ministers of foreign Affairs "channel format" to resolve the situation in Ukraine.
yesterday the meeting, the situation in the Donbass again escalated the militia and the Ukrainian Military accused one another in the shelling and pull heavy equipment to the demarcation line. Moscow, noting frequent provocations, one way or another, called for "the strengthening of positive dynamics" that emerged in the past after the Norman summit of the week.
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict steel not less than 8 thousand people. From 1 September in the Donbass entered into force another truce, both parties and observers state That it is observed. At the end of September was signed the agreement about the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of not more than 100 millimeters and tanks from the frontline.
during the events of the 38th session of the UNESCO General conference Lavrov will perform in the process of policy discussion and will Also meet With General Director of UNESCO Irina Bokova.
One of the priority issues on the agenda of the forum will be the strengthening of UNESCO's action for the protection of cultural heritage in the process of armed conflict. This issue has become most topical in the light of recent actions of the terrorist group "Islamic state" on the elimination of monuments of culture in the Syrian Arab Republic.
according to the results of the events in Paris Sergei Lavrov will fly to Berlin, where on the last working day of the week will take place the dialogues of foreign Ministers of "Norman Quartet" on Ukraine.
This format was formed after the meeting in Normandy in the summer of 2014 for the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the allied landing. It involves the participation of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine.
Announcing the participation of the Minister in the negotiations, the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said That the parties have plans to discuss "All problems" solution to the fall.
"As for political settlement, how many times We have said, Everything depends on the lack of direct dialogue between the conflicting parties. All of these issues, all matters in the settlement of the situation in Ukraine will be discussed during the meeting of Ministers in Berlin, " said Zakharova.
in her expressions of " cautious optimism the situation in the sphere of the ceasefire and the breeding of the conflicting parties."" We regularly and clearly record and the excesses and provocations that exist, but there is a positive trend that needs to be fixed", - said Zakharov.
However, yesterday the meeting of the Ministers of the Quartet, the number of such "excesses and provocations" has grown substantially. After months of relative calm which has passed since Norman summit, frequent mortar attacks, and observers from the OSCE, After the parties to the conflict, again, talking about the problems With the withdrawal of heavy equipment.
for example, the Deputy head of the headquarters of the militia DND Eduard Basurin said That Kiev pulls to the line of contact "Grads" and artillery. Also, according to his statement, had documented the movement of 20 Ukrainian self-propelled artillery units near residential settlements Dyliivka. In General, according to the Ministry of defence DND in less than two days, the Military many times violated the silence regime in Donbas.
for its part, the Ukrainian security forces accused militias in the shelling of residential neighborhoods in the city of Krasnogorovka of Donetsk region. On Thursday, the head of the defense Ministry of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak at the meeting With the assistant Secretary of defense for international security problems of Eliseu Slotkin summed up That "to speak of calm or stable" frozen conflict " early."
Also the Ukrainian Head of the Ministry said That it continues " the nomination requirements in the conduct of local elections in the Donbass, which not only violate (Minsk) consensus, but the Constitution of Ukraine ".
at the time of publication of the announcement of the schedule of possible bilateral contacts Lavrov in Berlin was agreed. Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon at the French Foreign Ministry confirmed That the chief Minister Laurent Fabius wants to meet With Russian counterpart " to discuss All relevant subjects of the agenda ".
Today This agenda includes not only bilateral relations, the crisis in Ukraine, the issue of settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic, but hearing the crash of the Russian plane A-321 in Egypt. French experts, together With German, currently assist the Russian colleagues to establish the cause of this crash.