7 March 2018, 21:46
Pasechnik: LPR ready for direct dialog with Ukraine, while Kiev avoids it
LUGANSK, March 7 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR is ready for a direct dialog with Ukraine, but Kiev avoids it, the LPR acting head Leonid Pasechnik said in his interview to Russia 1 TV channel.
"Unfortunately, today we do not have an opportunity (to engage in a direct dialog), as I understand Kiev is not ready for such a dialog."
"The dialog is happening within the Minsk Agreements framework, which are endangered by the 'reintegration' law," he said.
"The future is unknown, but we are ready for the dialog, we are all for settling conflicts at a round table. Any war ends with a peace, and the less people we lose, less enterprises, houses, schools are damaged, the better."
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 07 March — Lugansk