Lithuanian foreign minister: Truce in Ukraine does not hold
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Pro-Russian separatists are not keeping up with the truce terms, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says, stressing that Ukraine has to state the fact. He also hopes tighter sanctions against Russia from Western leaders.
The truce that came into force on Sunday night in Ukraine is an important step towards the resolution of the ongoing conflict, but the situation in the east of the country remains complicated, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says.
Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-Soviet leader and honorary chairman of the conservative Homeland Union, says that the Minks agreement for ceasefire between Kiev's forces and Moscow-supported separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine, which was signed on Thursday, is worse than the Munich agreement of 1938.
The Minsk talks, which ended on Thursday in an agreement on ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, have proven that the "war button is pushed" in Moscow, says a lecturer at Vilnius University's International Relations and Political Science Institute Vytis Jurkonis. He emphasized the importance of putting the agreements into practise, as earlier cases have shown that Russia is less than a trustworthy partner.
After 14 hours of tough talks, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached an agreement on what to do about situation in eastern Ukraine, where hostilities have already claimed over 5,400 lives. However, the leaders did not hold a customary joint press conference.