NATO: ‘ Expresses serious concern over escalation of conflict in Eastern Ukraine ‘

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: NATO expressed serious concern about the recent escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, calling on all parties involved to de-escalate tensions and to exercise restraint.

The bloc also conveyed a special message for Russia, warning Moscow that any attempt by the rebels “to take over more of Ukraine’s territory would be unacceptable to the international community”. From the alliance’s point of view Russia has a special responsibility to help find a political solution to the crisis. NATO also insisted that everyone must comply with the Minsk agreements.

The statement was made after a new wave of violence in eastern Ukraine kicked off, with the Ukrainian army shelling rebel-controlled territories.

Ahead of a meeting of German, French and Ukrainian leaders, Russia is calling for exerting influence on Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements, TASS quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying on Wednesday.

He added no meeting on high level for “Normandy Four” has been planned so far. German deputy government spokesperson, Christiane Wirtz, said earlier that the upcoming meeting of German, French and Ukrainian leaders due in Berlin on August 24 means “no change in the Normandy format,” which also involves Russia.

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