25 October 2019, 12:27


LPR advises Kuchma to re-read the Minsk Agreements

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LUGANSK, October 25 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR Foreign Ministry has advised Ukraine's representative in the Contact Group Leonid Kuchma to read the Minsk Agreements again after he said that Ukraine should regain border control before elections could be organized in Donbass.

Commenting on these statements made by Kuchma's press secretary after his meeting with the European External action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Jean-Christophe Belliard, LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego said that Kuchma "had better revise what is written in the documents signed by him and not distort the logic of the Minsk Agreements."

"(He should) thoroughly study the Package of Measures that clearly interlinks steps in political and military aspects. Accept it as an undiminishable, sole and compulsory guidance," Deinego said.

"The Package of Measures stipulates parallel fulfillment of obligations in political and military spheres as a way out of the conflict. The border control aspect is the final aspect, which is logical, but Ukraine always tries to wrench it out of the settlement process logics."

German ex-foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier's formula sets out the principles of implementation of the Ukrainian law "On local self-government order in certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk region". According to his plan, the law should be enforced on the day of local elections on a temporary basis, and permanently upon the OSCE publishing its report on the elections outcome.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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.


LuganskMediaCentre — 25 October — Lugansk