MOSCOW, February 12 – RIA Novosti. Kiev is doing everything possible to evade its own commitments to implement the Minsk agreements, thereby giving up the chance for peace, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Friday in connection with the sixth anniversary of the signing of Minsk-2.
“Today, February 12, marks six years since the signing of the“ Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements. ”This document contains specific agreements between Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk on a peaceful settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict, which was the result of the coup d'etat on the Maidan and the military operation of Kiev against Donbass who did not recognize the nationalist policy of the new authorities, “Zakharova said.
She recalled that the “Package of Measures” was approved by the UN Security Council and became part of international law.
“According to its provisions, by the end of 2015, peace should have reigned in Donbass and work has begun on the socio-economic restoration of the region. Unfortunately, these agreements were never implemented. Kiev did not take advantage of the chance for peace. It is doing everything possible to ensure that to evade the fulfillment of their own obligations, imitate their implementation, avoids direct contacts with Donetsk and Lugansk, without which the resolution of the crisis is basically impossible, tries to distort or rewrite the Minsk agreements, “Zakharova stressed.
According to her, as a result of the actions of the Ukrainian authorities, Donbass, “which should have returned to Ukraine, is increasingly moving away from it.”
“We are forced to state that Kiev's unwillingness to implement the” Package of Measures “is less and less hidden even at the level of the Ukrainian leadership. President Zelensky has repeatedly argued that the Minsk agreements are needed” not to resolve the conflict, but to maintain sanctions against Russia “… Head of the Ukrainian delegation in the Contact Group, Kravchuk said at all that “the Minsk agreements are a stranglehold on Ukraine's neck and impede the settlement of the conflict.” At the same time, Kiev is adopting laws that further delay the return of Donbass to the legal field of Ukraine, in direct violation of the Minsk “Package of Measures,” said Zakharova …
In particular, as noted by Zakharova, “beyond common sense is the bill providing for the internment of Ukrainians with Russian citizenship. At the same time,” it is regrettable that Kiev's actions do not find the proper reaction of our Western partners, including the OSCE, Germany and France as co-mediators in the Contact group and the Normandy format.
“Today, more than ever, a powerful impetus to the work on the implementation of the Package of Measures is in demand. On the eve of its sixth anniversary, Russia submitted to the OSCE a draft statement in support of this document and UN Security Council Resolution 2202, by which it was approved. We invited the OSCE participating States to reaffirm it. character as the basis for the settlement and call for the urgent implementation of its provisions in their entirety and consistency. We hope that the Russian initiative will be supported, and the parties to the conflict – Kiev, Donetsk and Lugansk – will show responsibility and political will to achieve a comprehensive settlement, “the official said. representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.