Sergey Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of Russia is sure that the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are attempted to be stifled by the ides of the UN peacekeepers deployment in Donbas. He claimed this to Kommersant.
He also commented the possibility of the deployment of the UN peacekeepers in Donbas in 2018.
‘It does not depend on us’, he noted.
‘If it depended on us, they would be deployed there a long time ago. But one thing hinders: nobody wants to begin to discuss our propositions in particular’, he claimed.
Lavrov also added that ‘the Minsk Agreements claim that firstly, the amnesty should be held, the law on the special status should come into force, it also should be incorporated in the Constitution and only then the elections should take place’.
‘People who are attempted to be stifled by the illegal blockade, by cutting of the cables and mobile connection and isolating them from the outer world, they should know that they are not military criminals, not terrorists as they called by Kyiv by the announcement of the Anti-Terrorist Operation while nobody attacked from these regions’, he claimed.
According to him, ‘it is impossible just take and throw away the political part of the Minsk Agreements’.
‘The promise that the agreements will be fulfilled when the UN Military administration takes under control this territory (up to the border with Russia) is doubtful. If the authors of this ides will persuade Donetsk and Luhansk then it can take place. Exactly this is provided by the Minsk Agreements and approved by the UN Security Council. But I think that those who promote such conception just want to stifle these two territories’, Lavrov claimed.
He also added that Russia does not oppose that all sides will withdraw the weaponry, stop the shooting and not only Donbas and Luhansk but the Ukrainian Army also should do this’.
As we reported earlier Pavlo Klimkin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine discussed with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister the hostages, political prisoners’ release and the UN peacekeeping mission on Donbas on January 15. According to Klimkin, the attitudes of the sides are too different.