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Russian Federation tries to put pressure on participants of Normandy format, - Kuleba

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine called on Russian colleagues to adhere exclusively to current practice and use the language of Minsk agreements
09:15, 4 April 2020

Ukraine's MFA
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The comments made yesterday and today by Russian officials and the Foreign Ministry are aimed at exerting certain pressure on Germany and France as participants in the Normandy four. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba wrote this on Facebook.

"It seems that the biased comments made by Russian officials yesterday and today, as well as their Foreign Ministry, are aimed at exerting certain pressure on Germany and France as participants in the Normandy format," the Minister wrote.

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Moreover, according to him, these comments “like many other Russian comments” contain:

- significant inaccuracies that distort the agreed status quo;

- Definitely false passages addressed to Ukraine, which are not true.

“First. In the current practice of consultations in Minsk, there is no direct dialogue between Kyiv and Donbas, from which any participant, including Berlin and Paris, can deviate from execution. There are only absolutely transparent agreements within the framework of a single Minsk process and the Trilateral the contact group, which includes Ukraine (the side that is defending itself), the OSCE (mediator) and the Russian Federation (aggressor)," - he stressed.

The Foreign Minister called on Russian colleagues to adhere exclusively to current practice and to use the language of the Minsk agreements.

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"Second. Neither today, nor yesterday, nor at any other period of time in Ukraine, the situation with human rights is worsening," he noted.

At the same time, Kuleba recalled that foreign partners and Russian diplomats are well aware that such violations were clearly recorded by representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in temporarily uncontrolled territories in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.

"Third. Undoubtedly, global events directly related to the spread of coronavirus and subsequent serious restrictive measures taken by various countries significantly affect the intensity of the work of the Tripartite Contact Group and negotiations in general. However, there are no attempts at politicization, but only strict compliance with generally accepted security measures and common sense," the minister added.

As we reported, Ukraine penalized Russia-initiated draft law of UN General Assembly on fighting coronavirus. If the Assembly passed it, Russia could have disposed of international sanctions.

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