MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is determined that his peace plan for the settlement of the conflict in southeastern Ukraine can stop it as early as in September, if implemented.
“I’m absolutely sure that if Ukrainians have a possibility by themselves to solve their problem, the war will not exist in Ukraine’s territory. That’s why only dialogue is very important for us,” Poroshenko said following the meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
“This peaceful plan will be a basis that very quickly, probably at the beginning of September will be able to stop the war. We have the opportunities, but we are not sure if all the parties involved will use this plan,” Poroshenko said, threatening more sanctions against Russia.
In June, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a 15-point peace plan to de-escalate the country’s conflict, which includes a ceasefire.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pointed out that Poroshenko’s plan does not comply with the April 17 Geneva Accords, as it bears no mention to a nationwide dialogue. He said, however, that Russia favors the first steps made by the Ukrainian government towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict.
A week-long ceasefire was announced by Ukraine’s new President on June 20 and then was extended for additional three days. As the truce was called off without a further extension on July 1, the active phase of the special operation in the restive regions resumed.