President Poroshenko says de-escalation is priority in east Ukraine

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 25, 2015 6:52 AM

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President said on Sunday de-escalation of the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the country's east was the priority for the Kiev government, which stands by a September peace deal signed in Minsk.

"Beginning a political process of de-escalation and regulation remains our priority. We don't see an alternative to the Minsk agreement," he told a meeting of security and defense chiefs.

Poroshenko said EU foreign ministers would meet on Monday to discuss the crisis and the options for increasing pressure on Russia.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Catherine Evans)