Russia pauses talks on Donbas until end of Ukraine's presidential elections, - Volker

Source : 112 Ukraine

U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations stresses his readiness for further negotiations, but Moscow ignores them
17:54, 17 February 2019

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The Russian Federation does not want to take action to resolve the conflict in Donbas during the presidential campaign in Ukraine. About this said U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker on the fields of the Munich security conference, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

“We are always in favor of meeting and talking. Russia does not show any interest or progress on this issue. In fact, they said they did not want to do anything during the presidential election,” he said.

Speaking about the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, Volker noted: "The Minsk agreements are extremely important, and we would like them to be implemented. We would like to see the peace, the removal of heavy weapons, if we succeed in creating the conditions - for elections, amnesty, implementation of the special status of Donbas, Ukrainian control and sovereignty over the territory. This is what the Minsk agreements speak of, and we all support them. It is only necessary to implement them."

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At the same time, the special envoy of the US State Department acknowledged that the Minsk agreements are not working properly. "They never worked well, as Russia refused to implement them. There has never been a cease-fire, a withdrawal of heavy weapons or cooperation on this issue," he explained.

Earlier, Volker suggested that Russia was seeking to remove the current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, from his post in the March elections to work out a favorable agreement with the new government.

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