The release of prisoners of war and deployment of UN peacekeepers in Donbas were the key topics of negotiation between Pavlo Klimkin and Sergei Lavrov, foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia. The officials met in Munich, as the city hosts the international security conference.
According to Klimkin, the talks proved mostly fruitless. 'I asked the Russian side to apply significant pressure on the occupant authorities so that they do not violate the basic principles of humanity. We talked about the full access for the Red Cross workers so that they can get to POWs and administer the necessary aid. We've got to start searching those missing in action, it is our moral duty. Then, we discussed the option to restore the Joint Committee for Control and Coordination, which ceased to function due to the withdrawal of the Russian representatives. We should aim for long-lasting ceasefire', he said.
Speaking about UN peacekeeping mission deployment, Klimkin said it is crucial that 'the international community could gradually re-take control over the occupied territories'. 'Without that, we can't talk about anything else. We should continue the dialogue. However, we cannot come to terms for now; the Russian stance is quite different from ours. I do hope we can reach consensus on other matters. No deal for now,' Klimkin concluded.
The annual Munich Security Conference is underway; on Friday, Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko held a speech about the European security and the Russian aggression.