Ukraine’s interim Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the Council of Europe conference in Vienna.
It was hoped the meeting would provide backing from Europe’s ministers for presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25.
But for Russia it was a chance to fire a broadside at Ukraine over the Geneva accord.
“Ukrainians are the ones that must respect the agreements. I mean, both the regime and opposition because they must live together in the same country. On the grounds of equality and mutual respect they must co-ordinate the measures needed to put the Geneva agreement in place,” said Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister.
Ukraine’s foreign minister told reporters he is ready to welcome international observers to the country for the May elections and had a diplomatic request for Russia.
“I also ask the partners to make everything possible to eliminate the external threat and provocations supported by Russia in Ukraine to allow these elections to take place in a free and democratic way,” said Andriy Deshchytsia
The talking is now over and the finer details of the meeting will be discussed. Some analysts suggesting Moscow may be preparing a reason to question the legitimacy of the election if it is unhappy with the outcome.