The EU has offered to start negotiations on a cease-fire in Ukraine. This statement was made in Minsk, the EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton.
"I offered to start negotiations on a cease-fire in Ukraine, establishing full control of the border and the delivery of humanitarian aid in full accordance with international norms," leads ITAR-TASS her statement.
According to her, the negotiations on Ukraine in Minsk were "open and positive. "They were with a sense of responsibility of all parties to make every effort to resolve the crisis," said Ashton.
In Minsk, the head of European diplomacy was the head of the EU delegation, arriving at the negotiations on Ukraine instead of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. He refused the invitation because "had to make a long-planned trip to Vietnam".
Previously ended, lasted about two hours the first bilateral meeting between the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. It was preceded by consultations in the format of the Customs Union - Ukraine - European Union, which were devoted to the interaction of CU with Kiev in the signing by Ukraine of an Association agreement with the EU.
After talks with Putin, Hillary Clinton began the meeting with Ashton. "The President held final talks with Catherine Ashton, - posted by in his microblog on Twitter press Secretary Poroshenko Svyatoslav Tsigalko.
As previously stated the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, the summit participants agreed that Minsk will be a negotiating forum for the contact group in Ukraine.
The military operation in the East of Ukraine was launched in mid-April as a response to the Pro-Russian rallies in the region, grew into riots and confrontations with security forces, accompanied by seizure of administrative buildings. After the introduction in the Donetsk region of the anti-terrorist operation mode (terrorists Kiev calls militias), which later spread to Lugansk, invaders administrations declared Donetsk and Lugansk national Republic. on may 11 LNR and DND held an informal referendum on self-determination, the results of which were not recognized either Kiev or the international community.
Earlier, on 20 June, already was a temporary truce period per week, on June 27, it was decided to extend for another three days. But actually it was not observed. On the night of 1 July Poroshenko announced the official continuation of the military operation.
In the near future the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman may lose his post due to tensions with the country's President, Petro Poroshenko. According to sources close to the presidential administration, Poroshenko dissatisfaction was the fact that the head of the Cabinet presented the pension reform as a personal achievement.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia is building a gas pipeline "Northern stream-2", to avenge the Kiev, including for the decision of the Stockholm arbitration in favor of "Naftogaz" in dispute with "Gazprom". He noted that the project does not pursue economic goals, and is an extremely serious threat to his country.
Ukrainian residents of Nikolaev who came to the meeting with the people's Deputy Hope Savchenko, staged a brawl, and also pelted the Parliament with eggs. Initially Savchenko and activists gathered there was a verbal sparring. The reason for the conflict was the "Pro-Russian position" of the Deputy.
Feliz Mourinho, a former goalkeeper and coach, father of head coach of English "Manchester United" Jose Mourinho, has died at the age of 79 years. Mourinho Sr. began his career as a player in the "Vitoria" from Setubal, which has twice won the Cup of Portugal from 1968 to 1974 he defended the colors of "Belenenses".
The event with the participation of people's artist of Russia Valentin Gaft in the Yeltsin center will not take place. "Evening with Valentin Gaft cancelled for health reasons of the artist", — reported in the institution. It was planned that the meeting will be held on 27 June in the framework of the cinema club. The actor was to speak with his poems.
The flow of Russian tourists in the Dominican Republic in may rose more than 300 percent compared to the same period in 2016. According to the Director of the representative office of the Ministry of tourism of the Republic of Russia Galina Lysenko, in may the country was visited by nearly 20 thousand Russians.