UK's Cameron to Putin: Stop meddling in Ukraine and work with Poroshenko

PARIS Thu Jun 5, 2014 9:00pm BST

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France June 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Stefan Rousseau/Pool

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France June 5, 2014.

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PARIS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow should stop meddling in Ukraine and work with President-elect Petro Poroshenko.

Speaking after the two leaders held a meeting in Paris, Cameron said he gave Putin "a very clear and firm set of messages" that a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis was possible if Russia helped calm the situation.

"The status quo, the situation today, is not acceptable and it needs to change," Cameron said. "We need the Russians to properly recognise and work with this new president. We need de-escalation, we need to stop arms and people crossing the border. We need action on these fronts.

"There is an opportunity for a successful, peaceful and stable Ukraine especially now there has been a presidential election," Cameron said.

A day earlier, Britain accused Russia of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine with "a torrent of disinformation" and called on Moscow to lean on pro-Russian separatists to end their conflict with government forces.

French President Hollande, criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, was due to have a working dinner with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday before dashing across Paris to join Putin for a second evening meal later.

(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
“The status quo, the situation today, is not acceptable and it needs to change,” Cameron said. “We need the Russians to properly recognise and work with this new president. We need de-escalation, we need to stop arms and people crossing the border. We need action on these fronts.

What arms are they, that are not already abundantly available there in the regions under threat from the Washington backed regime?

Can Mr Cameron specifically say what ‘arms’ he is saying are coming over the border from the Russian side?

Are we talking fighter jets here, helicopter gunships, rocket artillery, artillery, tanks or is this just the type of weaponry the regime is using upon Donbass residents?

Jun 05, 2014 10:19pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
A day earlier, Britain accused Russia of fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine with “a torrent of disinformation” and called on Moscow to lean on pro-Russian separatists to end their conflict with government forces.

What disinformation is that,(?) as the junta has already gone to war against them for wanting what amounts to democracy through greater self-rule… The supposed ‘disinformation’ cant possibly be any worse than the information in front of their own eyes.

Jun 05, 2014 10:22pm BST  --  Report as abuse
AOSz wrote:
A rigged rifle-rendum is not democracy, its just copying the Nazi’s annexation tactics in Sudetenland.

Jun 05, 2014 12:00am BST  --  Report as abuse
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