Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Andrii Deshchytsia meets Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov
On the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 in The Hague, Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Andrii Deshchytsia met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.
The sides have exchanged their positions and assessments of the current crisis in the Ukrainian -Russian relations, and the Russian aggression in the Crimea.
In particular, Acting Minister Deschytsya voiced the protest against the decision of the Russian side to annex the territory of Crimea, and said that Ukraine continues to consider the region an integral part of our country's territory.
The parties agreed to work to prevent further escalation of the situation, which could lead to casualties, in the Crimea, as well as in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.
For his part, Foreign Minister Lavrov stressed that Russia has no intention of using military force in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.
The two sides also agreed to hold emergency consultations at the level of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Ministries of Defense of both countries in the case of exacerbation of the situation.