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German FM on Situation in Ukraine

German FM Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Photo: wikicommons/Пресс-служба Президента Российской Федерации)

The Fellowship continues to provide aid, as well as Freedom Flights to Israel, for the members of Ukraine's Jewish community still threatened by the growing chaos in their country. World Affairs Journal reports on the latest statement, given by Germany's FM, on the continued conflict between Ukraine and Russia:

The latest escalation in Crimea must be a cause of concern to us. In what is already a difficult situation, no one stands to benefit from a further escalation.             

We expect all sides to refrain from taking any steps that could lead to the situation escalating further. We also expect the incidents to be clarified in a way that can be verified objectively. We are in contact with both Ukraine and Russia on this matter. I will of course also discuss this topic with the Russian Foreign Minister during my visit to Yekaterinburg on Monday.             

At the same time, it is incumbent upon both sides to continue working to implement the Minsk agreements. No one can be satisfied with the results to date. We are stuck at this point. For weeks now, we have been working on a framework agreement aimed at easing the tensions between the two parties to the conflict. It has not been possible to reach agreement so far, as neither side is willing to compromise. Despite intensive endeavours, there has been no tangible progress either as regards improving the security situation in eastern Ukraine or on reaching the necessary consensus on local elections...

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