Lavrov says Minsk agreements are above all Ukrainian laws on Donbas
14:39, 17 February 2018

Lavrov says Minsk agreements are above all Ukrainian laws on Donbas

Russian Foreign Minister called Ukrainian reintegration of Donbas law the law on “disintegration”

14:39, 17 February 2018

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized Ukraine’s law on reintegration of Donbas in an interview for Euronews.

When asked how the Minsk agreements relate to this law, Lavrov said that the agreements are still in place from the perspective of international law, as they were approved by the UN Security Council.

”And no Ukrainian law can be above the UN Security Council decision,” he said.

He went on to criticize the Donbas reintegration law specifically.

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“It (law on reintegration) actually doesn’t mention the Minsk agreements in any way. In fact, I would say it is a law of disintegration because it is directed against the logic of the Minsk agreements which demand a unified public and political environment through a dialogue between the Kyiv authorities and this part of the Ukrainian state.

The law on Donbas reintegration defines temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions as the territories over which Russia’s armed groups and Russian occupation administration have established control (including land, water, subsoil and air). The boundaries of such territories should be determined by the president on the proposal of the Defense Ministry based on the recommendations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces. The total absence of Russian servicemen in the occupied territories should be confirmed by the Defense and Internal Ministry - they must together submit a communication to Ukraine’s president, who shall take the decision. The president will decide on the beginning and completion of measures to ensure national security and counteract Russian aggression. Also, the Russian Federation is officially recognized as an aggressor country.

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