Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski has risked the wrath of his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during trilateral talks in St Petersburg between Russia, Germany and Poland.
Sikorski called on Russia to stop the flow of arms and separatists across the Russian border with Ukraine.
He added Ukraine had every right to use force, “against illegal armed gangs trying the destabilise the country.”
German Foreign Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier kept his counsel, Sergei Lavrov spoke up:
“The key to calming down the situation is the end of this military operation against the protesters. I am convinced that this is when the people, you call separatists, will reciprocate.”
Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko has instigated the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians to leave the country, a move backed by Moscow.
Poroshenko has vowed an end to military operations against pro-Russian supporters by the end of the week.