Vor dem geplanten Gipfeltreffen zur Ukraine in Minsk (und aus Gründen der Übersichtlichkeit) ein neuer Ukraine-Sammler. Aktuell mit den (spärlichen) Informationen zu einem Telefonat von US-Präsident Barack Obama mit dem russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin:
President Obama today called President Vladimir Putin of Russia to address the escalating violence in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s ongoing support for the separatists there. President Obama reiterated America’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. President Obama underscored the rising human toll of the fighting and underscored the importance of President Putin seizing the opportunity presented by the ongoing discussions between Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine to reach a peaceful resolution.
The President emphasized the importance of reaching and implementing a negotiated settlement underpinned by the commitments in the Minsk agreement. However, if Russia continues its aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by sending troops, weapons, and financing to support the separatists, the costs for Russia will rise.
Die Wiedergabe dieses Telefonats deutet schon auf recht harsche Töne hin. Die russische Darstellung dieses Gesprächs
gibt es bislang noch nicht gibt es nun auch auf Englisch:
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Barack Obama on the American side’s initiative.
The two leaders’ focus was on the situation in Ukraine and the challenges of ensuring a peaceful settlement of the crisis there. Vladimir Putin provided an extensive assessment of the situation in southeast Ukraine, stressing the most recent Russian proposals, which were discussed in the context of preparing for the planned February 11 Normandy format meeting at the highest level in Minsk.
The Presidents of Russia and the United States highlighted the importance of resolving the domestic Ukrainian crisis via political dialogue, with an immediate cessation of bloodshed, ensuring the lawful rights and interests of residents of all regions of Ukraine without exception, including the southeast.
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agreed to maintain contacts at various levels in the interest of reconciling the two sides’ positions and approaches regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Und eine TASS-Meldung, die ein wenig im Vagen bleibt, was die Bedeutung angeht:
Participants in the Contact Group meeting currently underway in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk have squared a scheme of withdrawal of heavy weapons, agreed a ceasefire regime and mechanisms of control over the implementation of agreements reached. The sides also discussed future political structure of Donbass, a well-informed source told TASS on Tuesday.
„The Minsk talks have squared a scheme of withdrawal of heavy weapons. The parties have also agree a ceasefire regime and control over its observance. The sides also discussed local elections and Donbass’ state structure, its form of government,“ the source said.
Taking part in the talks were Viktor Medvedchuk, the special envoy for humanitarian issues and the leader of the Ukrainian Choice public organization, Leonif Kuchma, Ukraine’s former president, both representing the Ukrainian side; representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego; Heidi Tagliavini, the special envoy of the chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); and Russia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, who acted as a mediator.
und der ein ARD-Kollege widerspricht:
— Bernd Grossheim (@bgmosk) February 10, 2015
Zum Realitätsabgleich: die heutige Meldung der OSZE-Beobachtermission.
(Archivbild: President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine, March 1, 2014 – Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)