During the final press conference, the Russian president said that the settlement of the military conflict in Donbas is inevitable, but it is unclear when exactly it will happen.
Putin added that after the Normandy summit in Paris last year, a ceasefire and an exchange of prisoners were achieved. However, so far nothing has been resolved in the social and economic spheres, as well as in the framework of the political settlement.
“In my opinion, the settlement is inevitable. The only question is when. It largely depends on the current Ukrainian government. Well, we, Russia, have always supported Donbas and will continue to support it. We will even increase our support for Donbas. It concerns production support, producing solutions in social and infrastructural spheres. We will move in this direction,” Putin said.
Earlier, it was that Donbas militants have blocked the potential exchange of prisoners by making unrealistic demands that cannot be met.
At the same time, Representative of Russia Gryzlov did not attend the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas at the level of heads of delegations.