Steinmeier warns of extremely dangerous situation in Ukraine; Monday dinner with Lavrov yields no results; OCSE observer mission headed to Ukraine Wednesday

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Monday night, but found no grounds for optimism to report. Steinmeier said the situation was one of extreme nervousness and that he feared, “that in this situation someone loses his nerves, and out of the political conflict new bloodshed could follow.” No progress seemed imminent on the constitution of a “contact” group which would facilitate meetings in which the Ukraine and Russia could talk to and negotiate with one another.

On the positive side of the ledger, he later med with officials at the OCSE in Bern, and an observer mission is expected to arrive in Ukraine by Wednesday.

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“Steinmeier warnt vor “neuem Blutvergießen”; Nach dem Treffen mit seinem russischen Kollegen in Genf sieht Außenminister Steinmeier keine Lösung in Sicht. Er befürchtet, “dass in dieser Situation jemand die Nerven verliert” – mit fatalen Folgen,” Die Welt, 4. Marz 2014.

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