18 April 2020, 14:10


Contact Group's schedule has not changed - Deinego

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Donetsk, Apr 18 – DAN. The Contact Group still meets once in a fortnight, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

"Due to the pandemic, the meetings are held via video-calls, not in Minsk; between the meetings we correspond a lot through the Minsk talks technical center, to prepare as effective talks as possible," he said.

"Ukraine's statement on the meetings that are allegedly held once in a week are ridiculous. Nothing of the kind has been discussed, we received no such requests from Ukraine or the coordinator."

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 April — Lugansk