Russia And Ukraine Strike Gas Delivery Deal

The OSCE says It is too early to confirm a full withdrawal of heavy weapons by the warring sides.

The OSCE says It is too early to confirm a full withdrawal of heavy weapons by the warring sides.

The OSCE says It is too early to confirm a full withdrawal of heavy weapons by the warring sides.

Russia and Ukraine reached a deal on Monday to supply gas to Europe until the end of March after President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders admitted there was still progress to be made in implementing a ceasefire. Earlier Putin spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and France’s François Hollande and they agreed that “progress has been made , but the situation must be improved further,” according to a French presidency statement. The leaders agreed to ask the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to play a bigger role in ensuring the two-week-old ceasefire is implemented, the statement said. Before the four leaders spoke, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both said they saw positive signs in Ukraine after talks in Geneva. Kerry and Lavrov, speaking separately, both cautiously said the deal struck in Minsk on February 15 was on the right track, despite repeated breaches that have left dozens dead. Lavrov welcomed “tangible progress” in the implementation of the peace deal, saying “the ceasefire is being consolidated, heavy weapons are withdrawn.”

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