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OSCE, U.S. consider Minsk agreements not worth revising

Kurt Volker focused on the absence of the need to amend the Minsk agreements since "everything needed" already exists
14:46, 15 September 2019
 
The OSCE and the US believe that the Minsk agreements on resolving the situation in Donbas are not worth revising. Relevant statements were made by US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker and OSCE Chairman Miroslav Lajcak at the annual Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum, European Pravda reported.

"This will harm the whole process if we start asking questions: either the Minsk agreements or the Normandy format," said Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who chairs the OSCE this year.

For his part, Kurt Volker focused on the absence of the need to amend the Minsk agreements, since there is already "everything you need."
 
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"The problem is that Russia does not recognize its obligations and does not fulfill them. Instead, Russia says that there are no Russian troops on the ground (in Donbas - ed.), and Ukraine should speak with the so-called republics. And this will make further negotiations practically impossible," the American diplomat explained.

Earlier it was reported that Kurt Volker and the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov are preparing for a joint meeting on resolving the situation in Donbas.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky informed that the “Steinmeier formula” and all points of the Minsk agreements will be considered at the Normandy format meeting.

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