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Joint Statement By Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU!

 

Source: CNN

Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and the EU issued a joint statement
today on the crisis in Ukraine calling for all illegal armed groups to be
disarmed, all illegally seized buildings to be returned to their owners, and for
all occupied public spaces to be vacated. “Amnesty will be granted to protesters
and to those who have left buildings and other public places and surrendered
weapons, with the exception of those found guilty of capital crimes,” the
statement said.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after
an emergency meeting in Geneva that what’s important now is that these words are
translated into action. He said it’s hoped that Russia will withdraw more troops
from the area near the Ukrainian border.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov stressed the need for Russian speakers in Ukraine to be protected from
discrimination.

The statement also said that officials agreed the “OSCE
Special Monitoring Mission should play a leading role in assisting Ukrainian
authorities and local communities in the immediate implementation of these
de-escalation measures wherever they are needed most, beginning in the coming
days. The U.S., E.U. and Russia commit to support this mission, including by
providing monitors.”