The European Union calls on Russia to refrain from any steps that could lead to a further deterioration of the situation in Donbas and to make efforts to fulfill the Minsk agreements. Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano said this in Brussels on Monday.
According to him, EU believes that there will be no escalation and there will be no conflict, as it will be truly unacceptable. All contacts and diplomatic efforts that are ongoing now are aimed at preventing this.
Stano said the Ukrainian issue will be on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the foreign ministers, which will be held in the format of a video conference next Monday, April 19. The EU, its member states and institutions are following very closely, with grave concern, the deteriorating security situation in eastern Ukraine, the movement of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border and also in the illegally annexed Crimea.
The representative of European diplomacy said the EU has called on several times through the High Representative and individual leaders of the member states to relieve tension. According to the EU full implementation of the Minsk agreements is the only way forward and a guarantee of a political and peaceful resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
At the same time, the EU welcomes the efforts and important steps that Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky are taking.
Meanwhile, Russia violated the 2011 OSCE Vienna document on confidence and security building, as it refuses to provide information about the increase of Russian military presence along the border with Ukraine. Press office of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported that on April 12.
"According to the procedure foreseen by the document, the Russian side received the official request to explain considerable growth of military precense of the Russian Federation along the border with Ukraine, and the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine during the last few days. Unfortunately, the Russian side refused to provide substantial information according to the request, claiming it did not act that way," the Ministry said.