The Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov spoke in the support if the citizens of the so-called “LNR” and “DNR” in his interview to aif.ua.
“Our efforts will be furthermore targeted to prevent the hotheads in Kyiv to trigger a new round of violence in the South-East of the country. In any case we won’t leave the citizens of Donbas in danger,” Lavrov announced.
The diplomat also stressed that Ukraine is deliberately neglecting Minsk agreement and required to stop blockade of Donbas.
As it was reported earlier, Boris Gryzlov, the permanent representative of Russia in the Minsk trilateral contact group, announced that the decision to halt the cargo shipments from Ukraine to Donbas is a violation of Minsk agreements. He said that during the latest Trilateral Contact Group session on March 15.
‘The agreements approved in Minsk two years ago contained a clear plan aimed at the civilized regulation of the conflict’, he said.
He reiterated that the Minsk agreement contains Ukraine’s commitments, specifically the ones to restore management of the banking system in the war-torn areas. However, the Russian diplomat said, ‘instead of restoring it, as it is stated in Minsk agreements, the Ukrainian government has been destroying its own banking system. Besides, he added, President Petro Poroshenko’s statement about shutting down the transport connection with DPR and LPR ‘directly contravenes the Minsk agreements’.