Germany's Steinmeier tells Russia, Ukraine to show "responsibility" at Minsk talks

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Germany's Steinmeier tells Russia, Ukraine to show "responsibility" at Minsk talks

"It was very hard today", Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after a four-hour meeting with his colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and France in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The Red Cross could help facilitate a significant exchange of prisoners by the end of the year, he added.

The conflict erupted in early 2014 after Kiev ousted its pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West. Russia has condemned the ouster as a Western-backed coup.

Ayrault described the November 29 talks as "difficult", but said the dialogue has not broken down altogether.

"It would weaken the objective of resolving this conflict and would be a victory to those who endangered the security of a country", Ayrault said, Reuters reported.

Russia's air transport agency said Ukraine has again declared some airspace near the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula as hazardous, the Kyiv Post reports.

Most of the terms of the original Minsk agreement, including restoring control of Ukraine's eastern borders to Kiev and holding regional elections, have not yet been implemented. "We're already seeing in the internal French political debate that some want to give Russian Federation presents".

Klimkin also said Kyiv and Moscow have a fundamental difference of opinion on how a path to peace would look.

Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Chairperson and Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group Iryna Herashchenko said Ukraine is ready to reach a compromise on the captives, has made its proposals and insists on completing this process by the end of the year. Western nations have imposed economic sanctions on Moscow.