The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said that the representative of the US Department of State for Ukraine Kurt Volker only in words advocates the Minsk agreements, but in fact "works to destroy them." This is stated by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“Speaking in words for the Minsk agreements, Volker actually works to destroy them. This is precisely the aim of the concept of DNR and LNR full occupation promoted by the UN’s so-called“ peacekeepers ”, establishing there an international military-civilian administration and transferring Donbass under the control of the Kyiv authorities without granting the region a special status and ensuring the safety of its people, as agreed in Minsk ", the press service informed.
According to the ministry, Moscow was perplexed by the statements of Volker, who rejected Russia's initiative to create a UN mission to protect OSCE observers in Donbas under the pretext that it "will preserve the existence of the so-called people's republics, which have no place in Ukrainian legislation or the Minsk agreements."
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the Minsk agreements are signed by representatives of the "republics". “A reasonable question arises whether Volker read the fundamental documents of the Ukrainian settlement, which he seems to be doing” stated in the department.
In addition, the message recalls Volker’s calls for increased sanctions pressure on Russia, which "is completely beyond his mandate."
Earlier at the briefing in Brussels, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, said that Russia’s idea to conduct a referendum “on Donbas’ status” was not approved in Washington as it it contradicts with the Ukrainian Constitution and Minsk Agreements.
“The U.S. rejects the initiative on a referendum. There is no legal basis for this in the Constitution of Ukraine and Minsk Agreements,” he stressed.
Also, he urged to recall that as a result of Russian aggression, more than a million of Donbas residents had to become IDPs.
Earlier, Bloomberg, referring to the sources, reported that the Russian President Vladimir Putin after his meeting with the U.S. President Donald Trump proposed to carry out a referendum in Donbas. According to the interlocutor, Trump asked Putin not to discuss the idea of the referendum at the press conference after the Summit so that the U.S. President had time to think about it. The source added that Putin offered to hold voting among local residents in Donbas concerning the status of their region. Everything has to be carried out under the auspices of the international community.
Russian sources state that such a referendum should not follow a “Crimean scenario,” it should be only about the autonomy of Donbas in Ukraine.
Later, Garret Marquis, the Head of the U.S. National Security Council, stated that the Administration was not considering the support of the referendum.
In his turn, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that the sequence of such statements of the Russian authority is a breakdown of Ukraine.