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    Ukraine FM: Russia Not Ready to Talk in Detail

    From left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gather for talks on the Ukraine crisis in Paris, March 3, 2016.
    From left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gather for talks on the Ukraine crisis in Paris, March 3, 2016.
    Ken Schwartz

    Ukraine's foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, reported no breakthrough after Thursday's talks in Paris on the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying he believes the Russians are not ready to discuss anything in detail.

    Klimkin told reporters the talks with the Russian, French and German foreign ministers were lively but very difficult, especially on the issue of Ukrainians being held prisoner by Russian-backed rebels in the east. He said he presented the Russians with letters of appeal written by the mothers of some of those being held.

    Klimkin also said there needs to be more progress toward security and a lasting cease-fire if elections are to be held in eastern Ukraine at the end of June.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said nothing as he walked right past the microphones and reporters after Thursday's meeting.

    But France's Jean-Marc Ayrault called for a prisoner exchange, and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters he is unsatisfied with the way Russia and Ukraine have been leading the negotiations so far.

    Russia and Ukraine signed the Minsk accords more than a year ago. They were supposed to have led to a lasting cease-fire and a political settlement in Ukraine.

    The fighting has eased, but there has been almost no progress toward a permanent peace.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 04, 2016 12:15 PM
    The people on Radio Spooknik and Reverse Truth RT TV talk a lot about international law when it suits them. But they never mention the violations of international law Russia is guilty of such as annexing Crimea, trying to annex Eastern Ukraine, Abkhazia, South Ossetia having signed treaties acknowledging the internationally recognized borders in Europe after world war II. In fact they specifically recognized the borders of Ukraine in the 1995 Budapest treaty where Ukraine gave up the nuclear weapons it inherited from its USSR days. When will Russia be prepared to talk about that? Probably never.
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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 06, 2016 2:06 PM
    If you've read my postings over time you may get the impression that I have nothing but contempt for Europe, all of it. That impression would be correct. This is why I judge Woodrow Wilson to be the worst president the US ever had. He was the first to disregard Washington's warning in his farewell address to not get involved with entangling alliances in Europe. We've paid a heavy price for Wilson's blunder ever since. Why did it matter to America who won WWI? For all we know if the US hadn't got involved, they might still be fighting it and WWII would never have happened.

    Wilson also championed prohibition of alcohol which led to the Sicilian Mafia getting a foothold in the US. That's another blunder we've been paying a high price for ever since. Say what you like about other presidents, IMO Wilson was the absolute worst. At least Congress was smart enough to reject the League of Nations. A generation later far more foolish men approved the UN and we've had no end of problems because of it since. I can't think of one war it prevented.
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    by: mark
    March 06, 2016 10:29 AM
    What about Ukrainian law??
    How can you have your present government which under your own constitution is illegal. The inability of Ukrainians of Russians to respect any law us why neither country will ever be admitted to the EU.

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