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Russian envoy in Minsk group: No ceasefire until ‘special status’ for Donbas
19:58, 6 December 2016
Russian envoy in Minsk group: No ceasefire until ‘special status’ for Donbas

The Belarusian capital to host another session of the negotiation group tomorrow, December 7

19:58, 6 December 2016

gazprom.ru

There will be no ceasefire in eastern Ukraine until the law about the ‘special status’ of the occupied territories takes effect. Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s representative in the Minsk talks group, said this in his interview with Interfax news agency.

‘As for Donbas, the most essential thing here is that the respective law should take effect. It should be based on the so-called Steinmeier’s formula, which is, per se, a serious compromise. We’ll discuss the relevant details tomorrow,’ the official said.

According to Gryzlov, there is only one, political way to bring peace and secureity to Donbas. ‘There is no way one could maintain peace and full security without the political solution to the conflict. It’s the constitutional reform, which includes the permanent special status for separate areas of Donbas – after elections take place there – that paves the way to secure peace in this territory. Moreover, these steps are among the measures necessary to comply with Minsk agreements’, Gryzlov concluded.

The next session of the Minsk trilateral negotiation group is slated for tomorrow, December 7.   

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