2 December 2020, 11:18
Germany and France block webcast of Donbass reps UN speeches
LUGANSK, December 2 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The representatives of France and Germany to the UN have blocked the webcast of UNSC Arria-Formula meeting on the implementation of the Minsk Package of Measures on the Settlement in Ukraine, said First Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy.
The representatives of Donbass, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego and DPR Foreign Minister Natalia Nikonorova, both representing their countries in the Contact Group, will be speaking about the Minsk talks and the situation on the ground at an online event organized by the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, USA.
"Since our colleagues from GermanyUN, who are clearly concerned that the truth about real situation in #Donbass will go viral, have cowardly blocked its webcast via UN Web TV, it may be watched only on our Youtube channel," Polyanskiy wrote on his Twitter.
"Berlin and Paris tried to derail the event by all means," he said in a Russian-language post on Telegram. "They tried to persuade us to make it a "Normandy format" – Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France. We objected in response saying that the Normandy format is supposed to encourage the sides of an inter-Ukrainian conflict (Kiev, Donetsk, Lugansk) to fulfill the Minsk Agreements."
According to Polyanskiy, the Russian Mission sent a letter to their Ukrainian counterparts, but it was Kiev's decision not to participate.
"This also means inter alia that from now on no Arria-formula meeting of UNSC will be broadcast through UN WebTV unless all Council members decide otherwise. This was not our choice!" he said in another twit.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.
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