31 October 2017, 11:15
Joint statement by LPR and DPR representatives at Minsk negotiations
Mr Volker probably has not read the originals of the Minsk Agreements yet.
Otherwise it is impossible explain his statement that these agreements were only signed by Russia, OSCE and Ukraine without DPR and LPR involvement; he concludes on the strength of this assumption that UN draft resolutions or the mandate of UN forces should not be discussed with the Donbass people. We will send Mr Volker the copies of the Minsk agreements signed by the heads of the People’s Republics, Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitskiy.
The signatures were put in Minsk where the Donbass leaders participated in all the negotiations as equal partners invited by the “Normandy Four” countries. On this ground, DPR and LPR would continue to take part in all peace talks, whether or not Volker wishes it.
There will be no UN forces in Donbass without our consent. Our consent can be secured through negotiations at the Contact Group where we have full-fledged representation.
If Mr Volker wishes to avoid the failure of his mission, he can turn to the Contact Group. We will review his proposals and consider to what extent they meet DPR and LPR interests.
LPR Envoy to Minsk negotiations Vladislav Deinego
DPR Envoy to Minsk negotiations Denis Pushilin
LuganskMediaCentre — 31 October — Lugansk