Reviving peace talks in Ukraine will be "much more
difficult" now that Kiev has failed to extend a ceasefire in
eastern Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says.
"In breaking the ceasefire, (Ukraine's) President (Petrol)
Poroshenko made a dramatic mistake. It will cause more
casualties. And he is now personally responsible for them,"
Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.
"It will be much more difficult to revive talks. These are
the rules of a war," he said, referring to talks between the
Kiev government and separatist, pro-Russian rebels in eastern
Medvedev wrote his comments before the results were known of
talks in Berlin among the foreign ministers of Russia,
Ukraine, Germany and France. The Russian and Ukrainian
ministers agreed to hold three-way talks with the rebels by
Saturday, in an effort to establish an new ceasefire.
Medvedev also reiterated that Russia would introduce measures
to "protect" its economy and mount barriers to trade with
Ukraine after Kiev signed a historic association agreement
that brought it closer to the European Union on July 27.
"Given the circumstances, it will extremely difficult to
develop ties with Ukraine, impossible in some areas," he