BRUSSELS FORUM 2014: UKRAINE FOREIGN MINISTER IS “READY TO TALK TO RUSSIA”

Hope persists for a solution through dialogue.

Brussels Diplomatic

8562609736_506be179c5On the opening day of the ninth Brussels Forum, Andrii Deshchytsia, acting foreign minister of Ukraine, said that Ukraine has not given up Crimea following the peninsula’s annexation by the Russian Federation. “The Crimea is not lost for us,” he said. But he also stressed that his country is seeking a peaceful solution to the crisis.

“We believe that it’s only through dialogue we can find a solution. We are ready to talk with Russians,” he said. “We are ready to talk about the existing crisis, the existing state of affairs. We are ready to talk about the Russian minority in Ukraine, the Russian language in Ukraine. We are ready to talk about the Constitution reform in the Ukraine, but only if it’s talks around the table, but not on the streets with the guns.”

Deshchytsia spoke at Brussels Forum, an annual conference on transatlantic relations organized by the…

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