Poroshenko, Kerry stress diplomatic solution to Ukraine's conflict

Poroshenko, Kerry stress diplomatic solution to Ukraine
# 05 February 2015 19:24 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday discussed crisis in Ukraine, stressing the need for a diplomatic solution to the ongoing conflict in eastern regions, APA reports quoting XInhua.

Speaking during a joint press briefing following their talks, Poroshenko pledged continued efforts to seek a peaceful settlement of the confrontation in the east of his country.

"We are working to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict and an end to the aggression. This is a priority for the entire civilized world, for every civilized community," Poroshenko said.

Ukraine is closely cooperating with the United States to find effective instruments which will help de-escalate the ongoing tensions in Donetsk and Lugansk regions, he added.

For his part, Kerry said that the United States is ready to further work with Ukraine to seek a peaceful solution to the tension.

"We want a diplomatic resolution," he emphasized, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the combat area and negotiations between the conflicting parties.

"Possibly, this conflict will be stopped, but only if a cease-fire is established, weapons are withdrawn and the sides sit down at the negotiating table," Kerry said.

Kerry has also called on the warring sides in the conflict to release prisoners of war and urged Kiev authorities to respect a "special status" law, intended to grant more autonomy to eastern regions.

Although Kerry has once again accused Russia of stirring unrest in eastern Ukraine, he emphasized that Washington is not seeking confrontation with Moscow.

"We are not seeking conflict with Russia, no one is -- not President Poroshenko, not the United States, not the European community," Kerry stressed.

Kiev and some Western countries have long accused Russia of direct involvement in the conflict in Ukraine, which Moscow has denied flatly.