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Ukraine should negotiate with Russia with Europe's mediation — Ukrainian official

August 05, 2014, 16:37 UTC+3 KIEV

“Any slightest opportunity should be used for the negotiating process for a peace resolution,” Serhiy Tihipko said

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KIEV, August 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine needs to discuss peace settlement in the country’s east with Russia through European mediators, leader of the newly established Strong Ukraine party Serhiy Tihipko said on Tuesday.

“Any slightest opportunity should be used for the negotiating process for a peace resolution,” he said. “Like it or not, we’ll not resolve the problem without Russia” and “there is no military solution to the problem”.

To overcome the current crisis, the country needed society consolidation, needed to “reduce degree of political confrontation”, fight corruption, support plans for a professional army and take measures to invigorate the economy, Tihipko said. The government should “immediately start seeking sales markets for Ukrainian products as CIS and Russian markets are closing.”

“Every week counts now,” the party leader said. “The problems should be solved to prevent a major social explosion if employment contracts”, while the U.S. and EU should “meet Ukraine halfway” as Russia was closing its market to Ukrainian imports.

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