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Minsk deal in coma, only Kremlin can drag them out of it, - Ukraine’s MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Minister Pavlo Klimkin, the Russian Federation uses occupied territories of Ukraine as the means for bargaining
18:35, 19 March 2019

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin
MFA of Ukraine

Minsk agreements on Donbas conflict settlement are in the coma, and only Russia can drag them out of it by leaving the occupied Ukrainian territories, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was reported as saying by Interfax-Ukraine.

“Minsk agreement is not dead, in fact, but it is in a coma. Only the Kremlin can drag it out of coma, as it induced Minsk in a coma and did it deliberately. Russia must leave Donbas to bring Minsk out of this state,” Klimkin said.

Related: Subdivisions of Minsk group agree on ceasefire since midnight March 8

He stated that Moscow uses occupied territories of Ukraine as the mean for bargaining.

“As for today, Russia does not want to make such decision (about the withdrawal from Donbas, - 112.international). Of course, it is connected with the elections but even more with bargaining, which Russia is trying to hold with the Euro-Atlantic society,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister noted.

Related: No direct dialogue with 'people's republics' in Donbas, - Ukraine's envoy in Minsk talks group

According to him, the EU agenda is full of inner issues (Brexit and elections to the European Parliament); however, Ukraine is keeping its place in the agenda to counteract the Russian threat.

“Some of my European interlocutors still tell me that we cannot solve Donbas issue and it is should be frozen for some time. I have a simple example for them: you have a wound and it aches. Of course, the wound can become numb but it should be treated not “frozen.” Or it will not heal,” the minister said.

Related: Fourth anniversary of Minsk agreements signature observed

As we reported, OSCE Secretary-General Thomas Greminger stated that countries members of Minsk Agreements do not have the political will for their implementation.

Earlier Russia’s Foreign Minister stated that the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine, which stipulate the country's membership in the EU and NATO, 'are supposed to destroy Minsk agreements'.

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