Probably no breakthrough in Putin-Poroshenko talks, Steinmeier says

PRAGUE Wed Aug 27, 2014 10:31am EDT

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PRAGUE Aug 27 (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday there was probably no breakthrough in Tuesday's talks in Minsk between Russia President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko.

But he told a news conference at the Czech foreign ministry that he hoped the talks between the two leaders would lead to further discussions and an end to the conflict.

"It is hard to analyse whether the meeting of President Poroshenko and President Putin in Minsk was a breakthrough in these relations. Perhaps not, but let's hope that this meeting was not an end of some development, but another beginning."

Germany has been at the forefront of efforts to secure a ceasefire to help resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Poroshenko in Kiev on Saturday and has had regular telephone calls with Putin in both German and Russian, which she speaks. (Reporting Jan Lopatka and Robert Muller in Prague; Writing by Erik Kirschbaum in Berlin)

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Jeoff wrote:
Continuous crisis in Ukraine shows that people are dissatisfied with policy of current authorities. They dispersed Maidan and what, people are still angry and they are not going to step back. Many activists were detained because of their position and were sent to the east to participate in the military operation. I guess there is no need to tell what happens to people without military training in the war. In Kiev I’ve met mothers whose sons were illegally detained and put into that slaughterhouse. Reckless policy of new authorities of Ukraine will just worsen the crisis and we already saw this for the few last months. The war is not over but Kiev already plans to create working camps for all who disagree with them to rebuild the east they are destroying right now. If the things go this way, soon we will see another Maidan and that could happen anywhere.

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