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Monday, April 12, 2021, 15:27
Kremlin: Conditions must be met for further talks on eastern Ukraine
By Reuters
Monday, April 12, 2021, 15:27 By Reuters

The file photo shows the Kremlin in central Moscow on Feb 11, 2021. (YURI KADOBNOV / AFP)

MOSCOW / KYIV - The Kremlin said on Sunday some of the conditions outlined in the Minsk peace accords on eastern Ukraine must be met before a further round of peace talks can go ahead, Russian news agencies reported.

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Political advisers are working on a possible round of such talks under the so-called Normandy format, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on a state television channel. The agencies did not immediately give further details.

On Monday, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said that Russia had rebuffed attempts by Kyiv to start a dialogue over its increased military presence on Ukraine’s border.

The ministry called on Russia “to withdraw troops from the border with Ukraine, to stop belligerent rhetoric and disinformation,” according to a statement.

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The Normandy format brought together the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France to help end the conflict in eastern Ukraine between Kiev’s forces and pro-Russian separatists.

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