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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton in Madrid on March 4 that normalization in Ukraine should rest upon fundamental principles of the crisis settlement agreement of February 21.
"The minister underscored that stable normalization in that country must be based on basic principles of the agreement on the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis of February 21, including the implementation of a constitutional reform with due account of interests of all Ukrainian regions without exception, the formation of a national unity government, the disarmament of illegal units and their removal from the streets of Ukrainian cities," says a report posted on the Russian Foreign Ministry website.
Lavrov "specially called attention of his interlocutor to the full clarification of the Russian position done by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the March 4 press conference," it said.
Speaking to the Kremlin pool of journalists at his residence outside Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his perspective on the new government in Kiev, the situation in Crimea and Viktor Yanukovich.