Where is the necessary diplomatic activity on Ukraine?
Regarding the proposals for a new diplomatic round of negotiations to defuse the escalation in Ukraine, European Green Party Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer declares, “The international community must not accept the Russian refusal to contribute constructively to the recently proposed second round of Geneva negotiations over Ukraine. It has been noted that the Russian side has so far done nothing to implement its obligations under the Geneva I accord. To make things worse, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is now taking a mocking attitude towards a renewed diplomatic effort. The core purpose of such an effort must be the implementation of Geneva I, the reduction of tensions and a common effort from all sides to guarantee that the Ukrainian people will be able to enjoy the opportunity of electing a new legitimate leadership on 25 May. It is an ominous sign of Russian intentions that Minister Lavrov is trying to cast doubts over this election as such.