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28 March 2019, 17:50

Minsk-2

Kiev insists on discussions not related to Donbass - Deinego

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LUGANSK, March 28 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian negotiators in Minsk are trying to force the discussion of issues which only relate to Ukraine and Russia and have nothing to do with the Donbass conflict, Lugansk People’s Republic envoy to the Minsk talks, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

For example, in prisoner exchange discussions, Kiev wants to negotiate over three Ukrainian warships crews stopped by Russian borderguards during the November 25, 2018 attempt to break through into the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait.

“There’ve been attempts, on the part of Ukraine, to force a prisoner exchange discussion between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, but it is not on the agenda of the Minsk talks. “The documents concerning the parties’ commitments at the Minsk talks state that prisoner exchange applies to persons detained in connection with the Donbass conflict. What do the persons who tried to blast something in Crimea but were detained, or engaged in subversive operation in the Russian Federation or on the Sea of Azov have to do with the Donbass conflict? It is not Donbass territory, so these events are unrelated to the Donbass conflict,” Deinego said.

“Nevertheless, Ukraine goes on to tell that we denied them this prisoner exchange. “How can we discuss the exchange of persons detained in the Kerch Strait? Apparently realising that the issue cannot be discussed in Minsk, Ukraine nevertheless tries to force this unavailing discussion while making loud statements about how unproductive our approach is,” Deinego said.

"Let them rant on leaning on their fantasies and speciulations," he added.

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 — 28 March — Lugansk