World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the Ukraine crisis should be resolved as quickly as possible and that Moscow's aim was to restore political unity to Ukraine.
Putin also warned Kiev at his annual end-of-year news conference that it must respect all its regions if it wanted peace.
Putin criticised NATO's eastward expansion following the fall of the Berlin Wall and said on Thursday Kiev was wrong to use armed forces against separatists in eastern Ukraine.
HERE ARE SOME QUOTES:
"We assume the crisis should be solved, the sooner the better."
"It should be solved through political measures, not with the pressure... of an economic blockade or the use of armed forces."
"We assume a general political space will be re-established. It's hard to say now what it would be. But it seems this is what we should aim at. Both sides (of the conflict) should aim at that - both."
"People living in southeast Ukraine should be respected."
"In our view, this really is a punitive operation carried out by Kiev (in east Ukraine)."
"I think all (prisoners of war) should be swapped without any conditions."Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Aralık 2014, 15:17