Russian Foreign Minister: EU Agreement Key to Ukraine Peace

Image: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a joint press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn following their meeting in Moscow on February 25, 2014. Lavrov said today that Ukraine should not hold presidential elections in May, arguing that this would violate an agreement between deposed President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition groups last week. VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP - Getty Images

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton an EU-brokered agreement signed on February 21 should be the basis for stabilizing the situation in Ukraine, the ministry said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Russia's Foreign Ministry said at a meeting on Tuesday "Lavrov emphasized that the normalization of the situation in that country should be based on the founding principles of the agreement about regulating the crisis in Ukraine on February 21".

He said the agreement foresaw constitutional reform which would take into account the wishes of all regions in Ukraine.