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19.07.2014

Russian Ambassador discusses Ukraine with Foreign Office Political Director

   On 19 July, the Russian Ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, met the Political Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sir Simon Gass, on the latter’s initiative. They focused on the situation in Ukraine, including in the light of the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The Ambassador expressed his condolences in the context of the death of British nationals in the crash.
   Ambassador Yakovenko and Sir Simon agreed that the tragedy must be investigated in an objective, open and independent manner, under the auspices of ICAO and with the participation of other international bodies and interested countries. Russia and the UK believe that all parties to the conflict are to ensure access of international experts to the crash site. The Russian Ambassador stressed that it is counterproductive for governments to announce their versions of the disaster, as this amounts to putting pressure on the future investigation.
   They also discussed the general prospects of a political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine. Mr Yakovenko pointed to the necessity of stopping the armed operation of the Kiev authorities so as to create conditions for a wide national dialogue. He expressed his regret at the recent decisions by the United States and the European Union regarding sanctions with regard to Russia which can only encourage the Ukrainian authorities to continue violence.




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