Russian delegation in Minsk group blocks almost all Donbas-related issues

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s envoy in security subgroup commented on the course of peace negotiations
21:26, 28 November 2017

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Ukraine, OSCE, and Russia agreed on prisoners exchange; the arrangements were made on the highest possible level. However, Russia is apparently blocking solution of other Donbas-related problems. Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s envoy in security subgroup of Minsk talks said this when commenting on the course of peace negotiations.    

‘I can tell you the last 10-11 rounds of talks have shown that the Russian side was ordered to persistently block any progress. The only exception is POW exchange – it is obvious that there will be the positive result here since it was agreed on the highest possible level,’ Marchuk said.

The Russian side previously declined the Ukrainian offer to monitor the sites of the concentrated location of armaments and heavy weaponry – as well as the offer to set posts of OSCE SMM at the militant-held section of Ukraine-Russia border.  

According to the Ukrainian official, the next meeting of Minsk talks group is slated for November 29; the sides will discuss ceasefire, division of troops, as well as defense of infrastructure objects and mine clearing activity.

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