24 July 2017, 15:33



Meeting with Volker might be useful in Donbass conflict settlement - Deinego

U.S. Department of State special representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker did not seek contact with LPR representatives, although the Republic was ready for a meeting with the U.S. diplomat, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told Lugansk Media Centre.
Earlier, Volker visited Kiev-controlled part of Donbass where he told a news conference that he wished to meet with other peace process participants.
“We haven’t observed any initiative concerning us on the part of Mr Volker,” Deinego said.
“I have serious doubts that this (U.S.) representative will find an opportunity to meet with us. We’d very much like to meet, look into the man’s eyes and hear his rhetoric.  I believe it would be a rather useful meeting for all the parties regardless of the positions they hold,” the envoy said.
He said that “drawing objective conclusions about the Donbass situation is not possible without visiting both sides of the conflict.”
“That’s arrant nonsense. He didn’t try to discuss the situation with anybody and is already gone. He either had the conclusions ready from the very beginning, so it was all the same to him which places he had to go to, or he  had a new input which needed a work-through before visiting our territory,” Deinego said.
The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution 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 — 24 July — Lugansk