18 March 2021, 11:31


Kiev’s demarche calls further Minsk talks into question - Miroshnik

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LUGANSK, March 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev representatives’ demarche at the Contact Group session on Thursday which derailed the work on the political agenda has called further Minsk talks into question, Lugansk People’s Republic representative in the Contact Group subgroup on political issues Rodion Miroshnik said.

“Deputy Ukrainian representative (in the Contact Group) Alexey Reznikov who left the Contact Group talks on political issues, put the whole negotiating process in the Contact Group on the brink of collapse,” Miroshnik said.

The official reason behind the refusal to negotiate, as voiced by Kiev representatives, is their unwillingness “to sit down at the negotiating table with the person who was convicted by Ukrainian court in absentia (journalist, blogger and Donetsk activist Maya Pirogova - eds Lugansk Media Centre), and it is absurd,” he said.

“The conviction has nothing to do with real justice and Kiev, without giving it a thought will hand down similar sentences to all members of the LPR and DPR delegations tomorrow. Furthermore, we’re all wanted in Ukraine under politically motivated charges as it is,” the LPR representative said.

Miroshnik said that the real reason behind Kiev representatives’ actions is the “striving to derail the discussion over political settlement issues, which the Ukrainian delegation was forbidden to touch upon, insist on the composition of the Republics’ delegations that suits Kiev and on the opportunity to select issues for discussion which are advantageous only to Kiev.”

“Is anyone ready to agree to the concessions that put you at disadvantage from the very beginning? Not the Donbass Republics. Either we have full-fledged negotiations that meet internationally recognised standards, or Kiev officially becomes the culprit behind its failure, to bear the whole range of international consequences that are specified for the party that refused to implement a UN Security Council Resolution,” the LPR representative said.

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 UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 March — Lugansk