The issue of lifting the economic blockade from Donbas was offered by Russian militants from the non-controlled Ukrainian territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions; Russia basically supported it. Martin Sajdik, the OSCE Special Representative in Minsk talks group said that as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.
'As for the economy-related discussion in the Minsk group, I'd like to mark that yesterday (June 5, - 112 International), responding to the question of reporters about lifting the so-called blockade, I touched upon just one aspect of the very complex and complicated issue about lifting the trade limitations and restoring the economic ties of Ukraine with the temporarily uncontrolled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Actually, during the discussion in the Trilateral Contact Group, the issue (...) was brought up by the representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and basically supported by the Russian side', Sajdik told the press.
According to him, Ukraine's representative Leonid Kuchma spoke about all the necessary steps related to the issue.
“Kuchma stressed that this work must be mutual, and he, in particular, talked about the abolition of the so-called external management of the enterprises, as well as a number of other measures All of them all, of course, should be implemented in the legal field of Ukraine,” the OSCE Special Representative to the TCG emphasized.
Martin Sajdik explained that the reason for the misunderstanding that occurred when OSCE representatives use the term “blockade” in the TCG which, in their understanding, perceived as “this broad set of aforementioned measures taken by all parties to the conflict.”
The OSCE Special Representative noted that all restrictive measures taken since March 2017 have made a negative contribution to widening the gap between the parties to the conflict and, in particular, citizens living on both sides of the collision line.
"The OSCE have always been protesting and advocating that this tendency of the rupture within the country should not only be halted, but also that the situation before March 2017 is restored,” Sajdik said.