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Ukraine needs some amendments of Minsk Agreements, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is necessary to change the status of Russia as an observer at Donbas talks
15:01, 21 September 2020

Leonid Kravchuk
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Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Leonid Kravchuk called the points of Minsk Agreements, which amendment is necessary for Ukraine for further progress in the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas as Radio Liberty reported.

“Firstly, during the last meeting of the head of the states in Paris, Chancellor of Germany Merkel said that Minsk Agreements should not be considered as something inviolable; they might be amended if it is required. I see that the experience of a six-year war in Donbas showed how many problems were written down, formulated but they cannot be solved because there are no proper conditions for it. Something should be changed. I hope that such an attempt might be made but only at the level of the head of the states. We, at the Trilateral Contact Group, cannot change it,” Kravchuk noted.

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He mentioned the next points of Minsk Agreements should be changed:

  • Position of Russia as the observer that precludes its liability for signed commitments with arguments that the war in Donbas is the inner affair of Ukraine. It is necessary that all signatories of any international document should be equal.
  • Control of Ukraine over its border without which the restoration of the Ukrainian authority over occupied territories of Donbas is impossible. Today, there are no Ukrainian authorities, Ukrainian law, the Ukrainian constitution in the areas of Donbas uncontrolled by Ukraine. Meanwhile, the opposite side demands that the law on the local elections should spread on these areas.

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Earlier, Leonid Kravchuk stated that Ukraine would be insisting that inspections of the Ukrainian military positions were conducted simultaneously with the checks of those held by Russian mercenaries.

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