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German Foreign Ministry justifies their Ambassador's statement on Donbas
19:09, 8 February 2017
German Foreign Ministry justifies their Ambassador's statement on Donbas

His words do not contradict with Minsk agreements, - Ernst Reichel

19:09, 8 February 2017

Ukrinform

Words of the Ambassador German Ambassador to Ukraine Ernst Reichel about the possibility of holding elections in Donbas before the withdrawal of Russian troops do not conflict with the position of the German Foreign Office. This was stated by the Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schafer, reports Ukrinform.

"This does not contradict with our position; our efforts are intended to restore Ukraine's sovereignty over all its territory. Minsk agreements are aimed at this." Schafer said. Under these agreements restoring control over the border should be the completion of the process, he noted.

Related: Foreign Ministry summons German ambassador due to his statements on Donbas

According to Martin Schaefer, German authorities and the Ambassador to Ukraine are making all efforts to halt the conflict and implement Minsk agreements. "It is our political goal and a motive for us in Kyiv, Berlin, at the meetings of Normandy Quartet " he said.

Earlier it was reported why Ukraine equates German Ambassador's statements with "treason". Ernst Reichel voiced his position on Donbas status and holding elections in occupied territories, which triggered strong reaction from Ukrainian politicians.

Related: German Ambassador: Elections in Donbas may be held despite Russian army presence

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