President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated that in terms of the absence of the amnesty law toward the citizens of Donbas, the establishment of the control over the border with Russia by Ukraine could lead to the mass destruction of the citizens of unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics as Interfax reported.
At the meeting with the Council on Human Rights of President of Russia, Putin reported that the possible persecution of people who live in the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR was one of the topics of his discussions with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in Paris.
“The law on the amnesty is still not adopted. In 2015 it was agreed; some decisions are present but it does not work. And Ukrainian side always raises the issue: provide us with the possibility to close the border with the troops,” Putin said.
Due to this, the Russian president underlined: “But I imagine what will begin. Srebrenica will take place”.
Srebrenica massacre is the genocide of more than 8,000 Bosniaks in July 1995, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War.
As we reported, Putin and Zelensky met in Paris as part of the Normandy Quartet meeting. The peace negotiations, known as the Normandy format, started back in 2014. The last Normandy Four meeting took place in October 2016, the roadmap on establishing peace in Ukraine was elaborated, however, the parties failed to fulfill it.
Later Putin stated he was pleased with bilateral talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Leaders of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin have so far agreed to hold another round of prisoners exchange during the bilateral talk.
As we reported the next Normandy Format Summit will take place in four months.